This stretch of I-95 was the first portion of the interstate built in North Carolina in the late 1950s. I-95 was a four-lane, median-divided highway through the state when it was completed in 1980.
In the fall of 2017, the N.C. Department of Transportation began developing plans to widen this stretch of I-95. Public meetings were held in October 2018. Right of way acquisition along the corridor is anticipated to start in November 2018. The environmental document (Categorical Exclusion) was signed in January 2019.
The project has been broken into two sections for construction. The southern section, between I-95 Business/U.S. 301 (Exit 56) in Cumberland County and Long Branch Road (Exit 71) in Harnett County, was awarded in August 2019. The department awarded a $404 million design-build contract to S.T. Wooten of Wilson to complete the design, acquire the right of way and construct the improvements between exits 56 and 71.
NCDOT plans to award a construction contract in July 2021 to widen and improve the northern portion, from exit 71 to exit 81 (the I-40 interchange). Construction on both segments will take about four years to complete.