Interstate 295 North Carolina

Routing

Interstate 295 is the designation for a partially completed freeway encircling Fayetteville. The new route improves connectivity between the US Army's Fort Bragg and Interstate 95 as well as a commuter route between the base and city of Fayetteville.

The loop had been listed by various sources as being 27 miles long1 and 40 miles long 2. The final design takes I-295, 39 miles around the north, west and south sides of Fayetteville7. The current route connects Interstate 95 and U.S. 13, by the town of Eastover, with North Carolina 24 & 87 (Bragg Boulevard) at Fort Bragg.

Sign changes made in 2014 downgraded the original seven-mile section joining U.S. 401 (Ramsay Street) with I-95 to NC 295. This designation is temporary, awaiting both the completion of the loop and upgrades to bridges along the route and interchange with I-95/U.S. 13. The newest section by Fort Bragg however was fully posted as Interstate 295.

History

The Fayetteville loop was first considered in 1977. Discussion for the road continued through the Governor Jim Martin administration to 1993 and further by U.S. Rep Richard Hudson and Fayetteville Major J.L. Dawkins around the year 2000.7 An Interstate designation was eventually sought, with North Carolina officials submitting Interstate 195 to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on May 30, 2003. That choice was rejected. On May 6, 2005, North Carolina resubmitted the Fayetteville bypass to AASHTO, this time requesting the designation of Interstate 295. AASHTO approved I-295 as a future route, with signs erected along completed sections of the route soon thereafter.

The first two segments of Interstate 295 opened were the section from U.S. 401 (Ramsay Street) to River Road on June 16, 2003,2 and the section from River Road east to Interstate 95 and U.S. 13 on July 7, 2005.3 The 2005 North Carolina Official State Map showed the segment between U.S. 401 and Interstate 95 under construction as North Carolina 13. The 2007 North Carolina Official State Map showed this section as complete and signed as Future Interstate 295. By 2014, the freeway was resigned as North Carolina 295, and signs in the field amended to show the state route designation.

Construction continued along future Interstate 295 westward to the All American Freeway (North Carolina 555) through to the August 4, 2014 opening of the 1.7-mile link between NC 24-87 and NC 210. This portion cost $6.1-million, with work commencing in March 2013. Completion of the freeway from the All American Freeway to U.S. 401 (Ramsay Street) was scheduled for late 2016.5 The initial stretch extended the freeway west from Murchison Road (NC 210) to Bragg Boulevard on August 11, 2016. Succeeding work on the $146 million project will add the link to the All American Freeway by December 2016.

The next phase of road work for Interstate 295 underway is the 6.7 mile segment from the All American Freeway south to Cliffdale Road. A $125.4-million contract was awarded for the project in August 2014,6 and scheduled for completion in October 2018.7 Subsequent construction includes a $85.2 million design-build contract awarded in March 2016 for I-295 south from Cliffdale Road to U.S. 401 (Raeford Road). Work is expected to commence in July 2017 and run through May 2021.

More than $400 million is invested to complete the remainder of the loop by 2025. This included a budgetary allocation in 2015 to speed the time table for the start of work on the portion between Camden Road and Interstate 95 to the south by one year to 2020.7

Highway Guides

Current Southern Terminus - North Carolina 24 & 87 (Bragg Boulevard) - Fort Bragg, North Carolina
I-295 ends at Bragg Boulevard until December 2016, when a short extension west to the All American Freeway opens to traffic.
Future Southern Terminus - Interstate 95 - east of Parkton, North Carolina
Interstate 295 will tie into I-95 just south of the Cumberland County line in a rural area east of Robeson County.
Former Southern Terminus - U.S. 401 - north Fayetteville, North Carolina
Historical Perspective from Future Interstate 295 west
Future I-295 west crossed the Cape Fear River and a Norfolk Southern Railroad line to end at a half single point urban interchange (SPUI) with U.S. 401. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Traffic reduced to a single lane ahead of the U.S. 401 off-ramp in north Fayeteville. U.S. 401 follows Ramsay Street south along a four lane arterial toward the city center. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Barricades directed motorists to U.S. 401 as Future I-295 prematurely ended. The section leading west to NC 210 opened to traffic on August 11, 2016. Photo taken 05/30/07.
The interchange with U.S. 401 was completed as a single point urban interchange. This view looks at the half opened exit. U.S. 401 follows a rural route north to the town of Lillington, where it merges with NC 210. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Historical Perspective from U.S. 401 (Ramsey Street) north
Original signage for the U.S. 401 (Ramsay Road) ramp for Future I-295 referenced just River Road, reflecting the 2003-opened section of freeway. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Trailblazers accompanied the eastbound ramp for Future I-295 on U.S. 401 north, reflecting the sole purpose of the seven-mile freeway, to connect with I-95 and U.S. 13 at Eastover. Photo taken 05/30/07.
The west end of Future I-295 operated as a half SPUI until the 2016 opening of the freeway west to Fort Bragg. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Historical Perspective from U.S. 401 (Ramsey Street) south
Shield assembly posted along U.S. 401 southbound between Andrews Road and the temporary eastbound beginning of the I-295 freeway. The I-295 shield was replaced with an NC 295 shield by 2015. Photo taken 05/30/07.
The two left lanes connected with Future Interstate 295 east to Interstate 95 and U.S. 13 at the half opened single point urban interchange. An overpass carries traffic above Ramsay Street here now. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Historical Perspective from Future Interstate 295 east
Traffic from U.S. 401 (Ramsey Street) combined on a two-lane on-ramp before reducing to one lane ahead of the nascent freeway mainline. A stub was added for the eventual continuation of I-295 west to Fort Bragg. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Prior to crossing the Cape Fear River, drivers passed by the first confirming marker for Future I-295. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Northern Terminus - Interstate 95 and U.S. 13 - Eastover, North Carolina
Historical Perspective from Future Interstate 295 east
Traveling north on NC 295 (former Future I-295), the first advance signage for Interstate 95 (northern terminus) appeared after the River Road interchange. Use Interstate 95 north to Benson and Raleigh and south to Fayetteville, Lumberton, and Florence. Photo taken 05/30/07.
The junction with Interstate 95 was opened to traffic on July 7, 2005, with a flyover to make the connection to Interstate 95 north. Photo taken 05/30/07.
High speed ramps connected the east end of Future I-295 with Interstate 95 north and south. The freeway otherwise defaulted onto the northbound beginning of U.S. 13 for Spiveys Corner and Newton Grove. Photo taken 05/30/07.
A high speed flyover shuttles motorists onto Interstate 95 north toward Raleigh and Richmond, Virginia with two lanes. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Historical Perspective from Interstate 95 north
The first appearance of signage for Future Interstate 295 on northbound Interstate 95 was posted after Exit 55, Murphy Road. In addition to serving as the northern terminus of Future Interstate 295, Exit 58 serves as the southern terminus of U.S. 13. From here, U.S. 13 travels north to Morrisville, Pennsylvania, by way of Newton Grove, Goldsboro, Greenville, the Hampton Roads region, the Delmarva Peninsula, Wilmington, and Philadelphia. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Future Interstate 295 initially extended west from Interstate 95 to U.S. 401. Signs were changed to reflect North Carolina 295 in place of I-295 by 2014. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Northbound Interstate 95 reached Exit 58 for Future Interstate 295 west to U.S. 401 and U.S. 13 northeast to Goldsboro and Kinston. Photo taken 05/30/07.
The transition ramp from northbound Interstate 95 to Future Interstate 295 and U.S. 13 is not a freeway-to-freeway connection. Instead, a right turn is required to connect to U.S. 13 north (to U.S. 301 and Newton Grove), and a left turn is required for NC 295 southwest to U.S. 401. This ramp needs a replacement to comply with Interstate standards. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Perspective from U.S. 13 south
After the intersection with SR 1863 (Pembroke Lane), U.S. 13 south intersects the north side ramps with I-95 before transitioning to NC 295. Photo taken 05/30/07.

Sources:

  1. Discover Fayetteville: On The Go. http://www.discoverfayetteville.com/community/traffic.shtml
  2. Secretary Tippett's Remarks - Fayetteville Outer Loop Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on June 16, 2003. http://www.ncdot.org/public/speeches/loopceremony06_03.html
  3. Fayetteville, NC: Fast Facts - Fayetteville, N.C. is a Community of History, Heroes, and a Hometown Feeling http://www.ncinvest.com/fayetevillefastfacts.htm - according to Eddie Terry: "Outer Loop Set For Completion 2020: The second phase of the Fayetteville Outer loop opened on July 7th. The second section of the project connects River Road and I-95. Motorist can now travel from I-95 to River Road and Ramsey Street. The next phase of the project, from Ramsey Street to the All American Freeway, is scheduled to begin in 2008. When complete, the Outer Loop will connect I-95 and US 13 to Ft. Bragg, then curve around Fayetteville and Hope Mills and re-connect to I-95 near St. Pauls. The entire project is expected to be completed by 2020."
  4. "Fayetteville's Outer Loop segment opens, connects Bragg Boulevard and Murchison Road." Fayetteville Observer, August 4, 2014.
  5. "Gov. McCrory says finishing Fayetteville Outer Loop a priority." Fayetteville Observer, September 18, 2014.
  6. "I-95 to Bragg Blvd. section of Outer Loop open to traffic." Fayetteville Observer, August 12, 2016.

Page Updated August 15, 2016.



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State North Carolina
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Cities Fayetteville
Junctions Interstate 95, Interstate 95
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Parcel map showing the west end of Interstate 295 and its future extension to McArthur Road.