NCDOT Unveils Preliminary Design for the Widening of I-95

(from NCDOT memo)

Project Description – Widening an 18.7 – mile segment of I-95 between U.S. 301/Fayetteville Road (Exit 22) in Robeson County and I-95 Business/U.S. 301 (Exit 40) in Cumberland County. The project would include the addition of two travel lanes in each direction, bringing the total number of lanes in this section from FOUR TO EIGHT. Additional design componenets being considered under the project include the following:

  1. Existing bridges at interchanges, overpasses, and stream crossings will need to be replaced to accommodate the widened roadway
  2. Drainage culverts are being examined for sufficiency and it is likely several will be upgraded or replaced
  3. Improvements to several interchanges are also being considered to address outdated design features
  4. Much of the proposed improvements will occur within the existing NCDOT right-of-way to minimize impacts to private property along the interstate. This will be accomplished by reducing the existing grassed median to a width of 27 feet, including 12-foot inside paved shoulders in each travel direction and a three-foot concrete median (jersey)barrier. Some sections along I-95 with greater existing right-of-way widths will retain a grassed median.

Project Effects Include

  • Impacts to private property in locations where new right-of-way will be required
  • Impacts to streams and wetlands
  • Potential access changes for travelers and residents associated with interchange improvements
  • Travel delays during project construction

Current Project Schedule

  • Public Comment Period Ends August 23, 2019
  • Environmental Document Fall 2019
  • Right-of-Way Acquisition Spring 2023
  • Construction Begins Spring 2026

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Published by Angie Hedgepeth

Angie Hedgepeth, Government Affairs Director for the Association, attends all the local meetings each month, as well as NAR and NCAR meetings, and keeps members abreast of the multiple issues being addressed in local, state and national government. She prepares reports on the meetings she attends and they are included in the weekly "Government Affairs Update".