Interstate 95 is a major economic corridor in the state and on the East Coast and is a hurricane evacuation route. Construction began in the late 1950s and was completed in 1980 around Fayetteville. In 2009, the N.C. Department of Transportation began researching the feasibility of upgrading the interstate. The study was completed in 2016.
The I-95 study, coupled with a $22.5 million federal grant the department was awarded in the fall of 2019, allowed the N.C. Board of Transportation to accelerate the timeline to widen and modernize this 27-mile section of the interstate. NCDOT held open houses in 2019 to review preliminary plans for a portion of this project, and more public meetings will be held later.