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NCDOT wants to double the number of lanes on a 25-mile stretch of Interstate 95

I-95, U.S. 70 to get major improvements

A $147 million federal grant will bring big improvements to I-95 and U.S. 70 in eastern North Carolina
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A $147 million federal grant will bring big improvements to I-95 and U.S. 70 in eastern North Carolina

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect a change in plans by the N.C. Department of Transportation.

The N.C. Department of Transportation is seeking feedback on its plans to double the number of lanes on a 25-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in Johnston, Harnett and Cumberland counties.

NCDOT plans to widen I-95 from four to eight lanes between I-40 near Benson and the exit for U.S. 301 at Eastover near Fayetteville. The $700 million project includes rebuilding six interchanges near Dunn with taller and longer overpasses.

NCDOT presented its plans at a public meeting at the Falcon Children’s Home in Falcon on Oct. 18, but an earlier meeting in Benson was canceled as a precaution because of Hurricane Michael. That meeting has been rescheduled and will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 100 Water Place Landing, in Benson.

The widening project will take place in two phases. Next spring, NCDOT plans to award a contract to design and build the section from Cumberland County to Exit 71 at Long Branch Road in Harnett County.

The second and more complicated phase because it includes the six interchanges would not get underway until at least 2020, when NCDOT plans to award a separate contract for the final 10-mile stretch.

NCDOT will accept feedback on the project through Nov. 2. For more information or to send comments, contact Scott Pridgen at 910-364-0603; gspridgen@ncdot.gov, or P.O. Box 1150, Fayetteville, N.C., 28302.

NCDOT plans to eventually widen I-95 through North Carolina, but it will take a while. The next section to go from four to eight lanes would be between Exit 22 in Robeson County and Exit 40 in Cumberland, but money for construction won’t be available until after 2027.

Richard Stradling: 919-829-4739, @RStradling
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