This stretch of I-95 was the first portion of the interstate built in North Carolina in the 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 planning activities and investigations to widen this stretch of I-95. Public meetings are scheduled for October 2018. Right of way acquisition along the corridor is anticipated to start in November 2018. The environmental document (Categorical Exclusion) is expected to be signed by February 2019.
The project has been broken into two sections for construction. The southern section, between I-95 Business/U.S. 301 (Exit 56) and Long Branch Road (Exit 71), is expected to be awarded for design and construction in April 2019. The northern section between Exit 71 and I-40 (Exit 81) is expected to be awarded for construction in July 2020.