Summary of North Carolina’s Massive I-95 Corridor Improvement Projects

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The 182-mile stretch of I-95 in North Carolina was built between 1956 and 1980 as a four-lane interstate highway. Over the years, there were not any major improvements or widening done to the interstate.

Beginning in the early 2000s, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) initiated several studies to evaluate options to upgrade I-95 and what those improvements would cost. By 2009, NCDOT determined that I-95 needed a thorough assessment for planning purposes. After finalizing a financial plan update​ for in 2016, NCDOT began identifying and prioritizing sections of the interstate to improve. Federal grants that were awarded to NCDOT in 2018 and 2019 helped speed up some of the I-95 construction contracts.

NCDOT intends to widen I-95 to either six or eight lanes, replace bridges and interchanges to meet modern design standards, and make other improvements so the highway is more resilient against floodwaters. The upgrades will improve safety, ease congestion and help ensure the highway can manage anticipated growth in traffic.

NCDOT has funded five widening projects that are spread over Robeson, Cumberland, Harnett and Johnston counties (shown below).

Also listed below are smaller funded projects that will upgrade I-95 with taller and wider bridges that will allow for future widening.

ProjectStatus
​I-95 Widening north of FayettevilleUnder Construction
I-95 Widening in LumbertonUnder Construction
I-95 Widening south of FayettevilleUnder Construction
Upgrading the Gold Rock I-95 interchange at N.C. 4 and Halifax RoadUnder Construction
Upgrading the N.C. 33 interchangeUnder Construction
Replacing the Watson Seed Farm bridge (Nash County)Under Construction
Upgrade U.S. 70 Business interchange*Begins 2023
​Reconstruct I-95, Exit 101 Interchange (Pittman Road)Begins 2026
Reconstruct I-95, Exit 102 Interchange (East Main Street)Begins 2026
Reconstruct I-95, Exit 105 Interchange (Bagley Road)Begins 2026
Upgrade I-95, Exit 93 Interchange (Brogden Road)In Development
​Replace I-95 bridges over CSX railroadBegins 2026
​Replace I-95 bridges over Black Creek and Neuse RiverBegins 2025
​Upgrade I-95, Exit 90 Interchange (U.S. 701/N.C. 96)In Development
​Convert Sunset Avenue bridge​ into new I-95 int​erchange (Nash County)Under Construction

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