The proposed project involves widening a 9.0-mile segment of I-95 between I-74 (Exit 13) and U.S. 301/Fayetteville Road (Exit 22) in Robeson County. The purpose of the project is to help relieve congestion, improve mobility, and enhance the resiliency of this corridor to storm events. The project will enhance the ability of I-95 to continue serving as a primary East Coast route through the project design year of 2040.
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In 2009, the N.C. Department of Transportation began researching the feasibility of upgrading I-95. The study was completed in 2016.
The I-95 study, coupled with a $22.5 million federal grant (awarded to NCDOT in the fall of 2019), allowed the N.C. Board of Transportation to accelerate the timeline to widen and modernize a 27-mile section of the interstate between I-74 (Exit 13) in Robeson County and I-95 Business/U.S. 301 (Exit 40) in Cumberland County. NCDOT held open houses in 2019 to review preliminary plans for a portion of this corridor (Exit 22 to Exit 40), and another public meeting will be held in Fall 2020 to review preliminary plans for the section between Exit 13 and Exit 22 in Lumberton.
I-95 in the vicinity of Lumberton experienced major flood events following Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and Hurricane Florence in September 2018. Both flood events resulted in the partial or complete shutdown of I-95 within the project limits until floodwaters receded. Impacts from major flooding events in recent years have emphasized the need for resiliency improvements, as the interstate was overtopped by floodwater and closed to traffic for multiple days. Along with reduced mobility, the loss of the interstate corridor impedes emergency services, interstate commerce, and erodes military preparedness. The project will raise vulnerable sections along I-95, which will mitigate travel impacts from future flooding.