Planning and development are underway on a project to widen about 25 miles of I-95 to eight lanes between I-95 Business/U.S. 301 (Exit 56) in Cumberland County and I 40 (Exit 81) in Johnston County, including all of Harnett County. Proposed work also would include rebuilding at least six interchanges with new overpasses, loops and ramps that meet modern standards. Additionally, service roads would be realigned or shifted to meet modern design standards.
An important part of the local, regional, state and national transportation systems, I-95 serves commerce, residential populations, the tourism sector, the military, school systems and medical centers, among other institutions. The interstate is also part of North Carolina’s hurricane evacuation route system.
The portion of I-95 to be widened between exits 56 and 71 is being funded in part by a $147 million federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant. This 25-mile section is the oldest and busiest in the state for I-95, reaching nearly 60,000 vehicles a day in southern Johnston County, according to a 2016 survey. According to the I-95 Planning and Finance Study Environmental Assessment (2012), congestion will increase and drivers will experience traffic jams, if the highway is not widened.
The project would ease congestion and accommodate future growth in traffic volumes, ensuring that I-95 remains a vital part of North Carolina’s transportation system.
This project is listed as Project I-5986 in the N.C. Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program and is funded for $709 million.
|Utility relocation costs||$2,700,000|
*Estimated costs subject to change