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Project Highlights

For funding purposes, the widening of I-95 was originally divided into two sections:

  • From I-95 Business/U.S. 301 (Exit 56) to Long Branch Road (Exit 71) in Harnett County (STIP I-5896A)
  • From Long Branch Road (Exit 71) to I-40 (Exit 81) in Johnston County (STIP I-5896B)
However, N.C. Department of Transportation officials in 2020 expanded the scope of work to include replacing a culvert under Murphy Road with a bridge spanning Reese Creek near Exit 55 to help alleviate future flooding on I-95.

Although the interstate will be expanded to a total of eight lanes between exits 56-81, the southbound improvements will taper off toward Exit 55, which is less than a mile away from Exit 56. Thus, the boundaries for Segment A of the project are generally referred to as between Exits 55-71.

The work will include the following: 

  • Improvements to I-95 interchanges with Bud Hawkins Road (Exit 70) and Long Branch Road (Exit 71) in Harnett County
  • Improvements to I-95 interchanges with Pope Road/Spring Branch Road (Exit 72) and U.S. 421 (East Cumberland Street) (Exit 73) in Harnett County
  • Improvements to I-95 interchanges with Jonesboro Road (Exit 75) and Hodges Chapel Road (Exit 77) 
Viewed together, the projects would result in the following improvements:

  • I-95 would be widened to a total of eight lanes between Exits 56 and ​81. (There are currently four lanes.)
  • Interchanges along the project would be upgraded to meet modern design standards.
  • Overpass bridges between Baywood Road in Cumberland County and N.C. 50 (Exit 79) would be replaced.
  • Bridges on I-95 at Black River in Cumberland County and U.S. 421 in Harnett County would be replaced.
  • Service roads would be realigned to allow for I-95 widening and to meet current standards.
  • Roundabouts would be added at some interchanges to minimize impacts to nearby properties.
  • A new overpass bridge would be built at South Market Street and Cub Road in Benson.
  • Bicycle and/or pedestrian accommodations would be added to some overpass bridges.

7/20/2023 1:42 PM