Interstate 295 North Carolina
Interstate 295 is the designation for the partially completed Fayetteville Outer Loop encircling Fayetteville. The freeway improves connectivity between the US Army’s Fort Bragg and I-95, as well as providing a new 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 Fayetteville.7 The current route connects Interstate 95 and U.S. 13, by the town of Eastover, with the All American Freeway at Fort Bragg.
Sign changes made in 2014 redesignated the original seven-mile section joining U.S. 401 (Ramsay Street) with I-95 from Future I-295 to N.C. 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.
Construction on the remaining sections of I-295 are as follows:
- I-95 to Camden Road – scheduled completion by July 2021
- Camden Road to U.S. 401 (Raeford Road) – construction through 2022 or 2023
- U.S. 401 (Raeford Road) to Cliffdale Road – expected completion by May 2022
- Cliffdale Road to All American Freeway – open to traffic by Fall 2019
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 2000.6 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 initial segment generally served local traffic.
Construction continued along future Interstate 295 westward to the All American Freeway (proposed as NC 555) 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 2013.4 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 project7 completed the link to the All American Freeway on December 2, 2016.8
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 2014,5 and scheduled for completion in October 2018.7 However a design change in this segment adding a $2 million tunnel to accommodate Fort Bragg military vehicles pushed the scheduled completion back to Summer or Fall 2019.9 Subsequent construction included a $85.2 million design-build contract awarded in March 2016 for I-295 south from Cliffdale Road to U.S. 401 (Raeford Road).
More than $400 million was 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
North End – Eastover, NC
South End – Parkton, NC
Mileage – 14.10
Cities – Fayetteville
- Junctions –
Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
The completed Fayetteville Outer Loop will be 39 miles long.7
N.C. 295 – Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
|Location||Vehicles per day|
|Exits 21C to 23||23,000|
|Exits 23 to 25||29,000|
|Exits 25 to 28||23,000|
|Exits 28 to 30||22,000|
|Exits 30 to 34||20,000|
Source: 2017 NCDOT AADT Mapping Application
North End – Eastover, North Carolina
South End – All American Freeway – Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Future Southern Terminus – 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 – north Fayetteville, North Carolina
- Discover Fayetteville: On The Go.
- Secretary Tippett’s Remarks – Fayetteville Outer Loop Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on June 16, 2003.
- 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.”
- “Fayetteville’s Outer Loop segment opens, connects Bragg Boulevard and Murchison Road.” Fayetteville Observer, August 4, 2014.
- “Gov. McCrory says finishing Fayetteville Outer Loop a priority.” Fayetteville Observer, September 18, 2014.
- “I-95 to Bragg Blvd. section of Outer Loop open to traffic.” Fayetteville Observer, August 12, 2016.
- “State Opens New Section of the Fayetteville Outer Loop.” NCDOT, news release, August 11, 2016.
- “Next Section of Fayetteville Outer Loop Ready to Open.” NCDOT, news release, December 1, 2016.
- “New segment of Outer Loop project delayed until 2019.” The Fayetteville Observer (NC), November 13, 2018.
Page updated February 4, 2019.