Project Overview:

Improvements along I-95 will be required to accommodate projected future traffic volumes and ensure the highway operates at an acceptable level of traffic service, particularly during peak hours. Traffic volumes along the I-95 corridor are expected to increase considerably by 2040, creating conditions in which operations degrade and average travel speeds are below the posted speed limit. The proposed widening project would increase the capacity of the roadway to improve the flow of traffic and lessen delays from congestion.

Proposed Improvements Include: 

  • Addition of two travel lanes in each direction, bringing the total number of lanes in this section from four to eight. 

  • Existing bridges at interchanges, overpasses, and stream crossings along the corridor will need to be replaced to accommodate the widened facility.

  • For most of the project, the existing grass median will be reduced to a width of 27 feet, including 12-foot inside paved shoulders for each travel direction and a three-foot concrete median (jersey) barrier. This narrowed median will enable the widening to occur primarily within the existing NCDOT right of way, therefore minimizing impacts to private property along the interstate.

  • Some sections along I-95 with wider existing right of way widths will retain a wider grass median with cable barrier. 

Public Involvement


Public Meeting #1:

A public meeting was held on Monday, July 22, 2019 at Robeson Community College to present project maps and receive public input.   

Public Meeting #2:

A public meeting was held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Gray's Creek Middle School in Hope Mills to present project maps and receive public input.



Project Funding: 

This project is listed as Project No. I-5987 in the N.C. Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and is funded for $448 million.  


Estimated Amount*

Project Development & Design

$      1,010,000


$    32,000,000

Utility Relocation

$      1,000,000

Construction Costs

$   413,750,000

Total Costs

$   447,760,000

* Estimated costs are subject to change. Based on draft NCDOT STIP.


Project Timeline: 



Public Meetings      

July 22 & 23, 2019

Environmental Documentation

September 2019


FY 2023


FY 2026

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project History: 

An Initial Project Kickoff Meeting was held between NCDOT, the Lumber River Rural Planning Organization, and project consultants in May 2018. The primary topics discussed at this meeting were general design concepts, known environmental constraints, project scheduling, and planning of coordination efforts between NCDOT, other government agencies, and the public. Start of Study Letters were distributed in December 2018 to state and federal agency representatives, along with those from Robeson County, Cumberland County, and municipalities along the project corridor. The letters outlined the proposed project improvements to these local officials, provided mapping of the project area, and invited comments to guide project development.

An Agency Introduction Meeting was conducted with representatives from NCDOT, the N.C. Division of Water Resources, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in January 2019. This meeting focused on environmental resources within the project area and potential avoidance and mitigation measures for minimizing impacts to these features. A Project Newsletter was mailed to residents and property owners in the project area in May 2019. The newsletter included information on the proposed improvements, current project schedule, and invited comments to project representatives. Functional Roadway Designs were developed using data collected during the initial development process and approved by NCDOT in May 2019.

Project Comments: 

NCDOT accepts comments throughout all phases of project development.

The public comment period for the above portion of the project development process closed on August 23, 2019.

All comments received have been taken into consideration.

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Project Contact Information:

Scott Pridgen

NCDOT Division 6 Project Manager

P.O. Box 1150

Fayetteville, NC 28302

(984) 205-6615   project code 4633

Project Email Address: [email protected]


Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.  


Relocation Assistance Brochure                                                 Asistencia para Reubicación      
Right-of-Way Acquisition Process Brochure                             Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions