I-95 Widening (Exit 56 to Exit 71)

I-95 Widening (Exit 56 to Exit 71)

Fast Facts

NCDOT TIP # I-5986A, I-5986B
Project Type:
 Road widening
Affected Counties: 
: Cumberland, Harnett, Johnston
Estimated Cost: $


The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is working on a project that will widen about 25 miles of I-95 to eight lanes between I-95 Business/U.S. 301 (Exit 56) in Cumberland County and I 40 (Exit 81) in Johnston County, which also will encompass all of I-95’s length in Harnett County.

This 25-mile section is the oldest and most-used portion of I-95 in the state. It was the first segment of the interstate built in North Carolina in the late 1950s. As such, it was not built for the large traffic volume it experiences today. Currently, it reaches nearly 60,000 vehicles a day in southern Johnston County, as it serves sectors across the board, including but not limited to commerce, residential populations, tourism, military, schools, and medical centers.

As such, the purpose of this project is to reduce congestion and decrease traffic jams. It will also allow for the inevitable future growth in traffic volumes.

As part of this project, NCDOT will also rebuild at least six interchanges. This will include adding higher overpasses, wider paved shoulders, newer loops, and longer ramps that meet modern standards. Overall, 11 bridges are going to be replaced, including I-95 over the Black River. Additionally, a new ramp will connect I-95 North to NC-295 South. Service roads will also be realigned.

This project is partially funded by a $147 million federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant.

The widening of I-95 has been broken into two sections for construction. The southern section is between I-95 Business/U.S. 301 (Exit 56) in Cumberland County and Long Branch Road (Exit 71) in Harnett County. The northern section runs from exit 71 to exit 81 (the I-40 interchange). Construction on both segments is estimated to take about four years to complete.

Officials say that four travel lanes will continue to operate during this project, with only brief overnight closures.


  • Start construction on I-95 at exits 70 and 71 – 2020
  • Start construction on I-95 from exit 56 to just south of exit 70 – Fall 2020
  • Construction completed on I-95 from exit 56 to exit 71 – 2024
  • Award construction contract for I-95 from exit 71 to exit 81 (I-40 interchange) – TBD – Delayed from 2020 due to budget shortfall
  • Start construction on I-95 from exit 71 to exit 81 – TBD – Delayed from 2021 due to budget shortfall
  • Construction completed on I-95 from exit 71 to exit 81 – TBD

Property Takings

It is estimated that more than 230 parcels of property will be impacted by this project. Currently the NCDOT has set aside $64,100,000 for right-of-way takings. If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys (four of whom previously worked on behalf of the NCDOT) for a free case evaluation.

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