Interstate 95 in North Carolina
|Maintained by NCDOT|
|Length:||181.71 mi (292.43 km)|
|Existed:||1956 – present|
|South end:||I-95 at the South Carolina state line|
| I-74 / US 74 near Lumberton
Future I-295 / US 13 in Fayetteville
I-40 near Benson
I-795 / US 264 near Wilson
Future I-495 / US 64 in Rocky Mount
|North end:||I-95 at the Virginia state line|
|Counties:||Robeson, Cumberland, Harnett, Johnston, Wilson, Nash, Halifax, Northampton|
Interstate 95 (I-95) is a major Interstate Highway, running along the East Coast of the United States from Florida to Maine. In North Carolina, I-95 runs diagonally across the eastern third of the state, from Rowland in the southwest to Roanoke Rapids in the northeast of the Inner Banks.
Interstate 95 in North Carolina serves as the informal western border of the Inner Banks region of the state. I-95 begins at the South Carolina state line near Rowland, Robeson County and Pleasant Hill, Northampton County near the Virginia state line.
US 301 follows the same route as I-95 through North Carolina; they both enter the state at South of the Border, overlap together around Lumberton, and share multiple interchanges before reaching Virginia.
Though the highway is commonly known as "Interstate 95" or "I-95" throughout the state, the highway does have other known names it uses locally in areas.
- Blue Star Memorial Highway – Official North Carolina honorary name of Interstate 95 throughout the state (approved on June 13, 1980).
- Dick Fleming Freeway – Official North Carolina name of Interstate 95 from exit 95, in Smithfield, to exit 97, in Selma, in Johnston County. He is honored as being a visionary businessman, who help spur businesses along the two exits and the establishment of Carolina Pottery Store in 1983, which later grew to become Carolina Premium Outlets (approved January, 2013; dedicated March 22, 2013).
- Hector MacLean Highway – Official North Carolina name of Interstate 95 within Lumberton city limits (approved on October 3, 1997).
- Northbound North Carolina Welcome Center (Milepost 5, north of S.C. state line)
- Fayetteville Rest Areas (Between Exits 46 & 49)
- Selma Rest Areas (Between Exits 98 & 101)
- Rocky Mount Rest Areas (Between Exits 141 & 145)
- Southbound North Carolina Welcome Center (Milepost 181, south of Virginia state line)
Established in 1956, as part of the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, Interstate 95 was routed along or near existing US 301 throughout the state of North Carolina. By 1961, two stretches of the interstate opened: from mile marker 56, in Fayetteville, to mile marker 107, near Kenly; the other a small bypass near Saint Pauls. In 1964, the Saint Pauls section extended further south into Lumberton; while another small stretch opened from US 158, in Roanoke Rapids, to the Virginia state line. In 1969, Interstate 95 was extended further south from Roanoke Rapids to exit 145 (later used for NC 4). In 1973, Interstate 95 was completed from Saint Pauls to the South Carolina state line.
By the mid and late 1970s, Interstate 95 had two gaps along its route: Fayetteville and Wilson-Rocky Mount. Thus two Interstate 95 Business loops were established at the gaps (both overlapping US 301) to make Interstate 95 appear as one continuous route throughout the state.
The idea of tolling Interstate 95 started in 2001 as a way to pay for improvements along the route. In 2003, state officials sought permission from the Federal Highway Administration for a plan that would cost $3 billion and put toll booths every thirty miles along the entire route. However, this was quickly killed by Governor Mike Easley, who did not support tolls.
In 2006, when the Virginia General Assembly passed the resolution calling for an interstate compact to build a toll highway, North Carolina was asked to join in on the compact of putting tolls along the entire length of Interstate 95 in both states. Again, this was stopped by Governor Mike Easley, who did not see the benefit in such a compact and reiterated his opposition of tolls along Interstate 95.
In 2010, North Carolina leaders revived talks on tolling Interstate 95, submitting a request to the Federal Highway Administration to toll the entire route. Approval would be considered after an environmental assessment and other conditions. Support has grown in a number of factors including the fact that the interstate is mostly rural and used predominantly by out-of-state drivers.
On January 20, 2012, NCDOT received final approval of the Environmental Assessment for improvements along I-95 in North Carolina. The following recommendations were made:
- Widen I-95 to eight lanes (four lanes in each direction) from exit 31 to exit 81;
- Widen the remaining sections of I-95 to six lanes (three lanes in each direction);
- Make necessary repairs to pavement;
- Raise and rebuild bridges;
- Improve interchanges; and
- Bring I-95 up to current safety standards for interstates.
It is estimated to cost $4.4 billion with recommendation that it should be paid through tolls. Construction would begin in two phases: Phase 1 (exit 31-exit 81) would begin in 2016 with tolls starting after completion; phase 2 would begin in 2019, which covers the remainder of the interstate. With a possible 2019 start date for the tolls, NCDOT plans to install nine overhead toll collection sensors every twenty miles with additional toll collection sensors at exits before tolls (to reduce drivers from jumping off and on at each toll); main toll stations will charge twenty miles each while exit tolls will charge ten miles each. Gaps along the route, where no toll collectors are located, will allow local traffic to utilize the interstate toll free. Though the toll rates have not been established, a NCDOT report suggest charging 19.2 cents per mile for cars in the phase 1 section, with a much lower rate of 6.4 cents on phase 2 sections; which would work out to be $19.20 from border to border (trucks with three axles or more will be charged more). Drivers that do not carry a toll transponder (i.e. N.C. Quick Pass) will have their license numbers recorded by cameras and will be billed by mail, at a higher toll rate.
NCDOT plans to widen Interstate 95 from four to six lanes between mile marker 14 and 21, in Robeson County. However it is currently flagged "Scheduled for Reprioritization," with no estimated cost or date established.
An improvement project along Interstate 95 is in development stage, between mile markers 56 and 81, in Cumberland and Johnston counties. Improvements include upgraded interchanges, raise and rebuild bridges, and widen the interstate. The total estimated cost is $526 million, with date of construction starting on the first phase on October, 2017. However, it is currently flagged by NCDOT as "Subject to Reprioritization."
Auxiliary routes in North Carolina
|Interstate 95 Business||Fayetteville||Business loop||Expressway and boulevard grades|
|Interstate 95 Business||Wilson and Rocky Mount||Former Business loop||Boulevard grade. Decommissioned.|
|Interstate 295||Fayetteville||Beltway||Future, Under construction|
|Interstate 495||Raleigh||Connector||Bannered as future between Knightdale to Rocky Mount, along US 64.|
|Interstate 795||Wilson and Goldsboro||Spur|
|Robeson||State line||0.0||0.0||I-95 south – Florence|
|Rowland||0.0||0.0||1||US 301 / US 501 – Rowland, Laurinburg, Dillon||Signed southbound as exits 1A (south) and 1B (north); to South of the Border
Exits 1 northbound and 1A southbound in South Carolina
|2.3||3.7||2||NC 130 to NC 904 – Rowland, Fairmont|
|7.2||11.6||7||Raynham Road – McDonald, Raynham|
|10.4||16.7||10||US 301 south – Raynham||South end of US 301 overlap|
|A: I-74 east / US 74 east – Whiteville, Wilmington
B: I-74 west / US 74 west – Laurinburg, Rockingham
|Signed as exits 13A (east) and 13B (west)|
|13.7||22.0||14||US 74||Permanently closed in 2007; replaced by exit 13|
|17.0||27.4||17||NC 72 / NC 711 – Lumberton, Pembroke, Red Springs|
|19.9||32.0||20||NC 211 to NC 41 – Lumberton, Red Springs, Fairmont|
|21.5||34.6||22||US 301 north – Lumberton||North end of US 301 overlap|
|St. Pauls||31.4||50.5||31||NC 20 – St. Pauls, Raeford|
|33.0||53.1||33||US 301 to NC 71 – Parkton, St. Pauls|
|I-295||Proposed interchange (unfunded)|
|Cumberland||40.0||64.4||40||I-95 Bus. north to US 301 – Fayetteville, Fort Bragg|
|Hope Mills||41.3||66.5||41||NC 59 north – Hope Mills|
|43.9||70.7||44||Snow Hill Road – Fayetteville Regional Airport|
|A: NC 87 south – Tar Heel, Elizabethtown
B: NC 87 north – Fayetteville, Spring Lake
|Signed as exits 46A (south) and 46B (north)|
|49.0||78.9||49||NC 53 / NC 210 – Fayetteville, Cedar Creek|
|A: NC 24 east – Roseboro, Clinton
B: NC 24 west – Fayetteville, Spring Lake
|Signed as exits 52A (east) and 52B (west)|
|55.1||88.7||56||I-95 Bus. south to US 301 – Fayetteville, Fort Bragg|
|58.0||93.3||58||Future I-295 / US 13 north to US 401 – Newton Grove, Spring Lake|
|61.2||98.5||61||Wade–Steadman Road – Wade|
|65.3||105.1||65||NC 82 – Godwin, Falcon|
|Harnett||69.5||111.8||70||Bud Hawkins Road|
|70.8||113.9||71||Long Branch Road|
|73.0||117.5||73||US 421 / NC 55 – Dunn, Clinton, Newton Grove|
|76.9||123.8||77||Hodges Chapel Road|
|Johnston||Benson||79.5||127.9||79||NC 50 / NC 242 to NC 27 – Benson, Newton Grove|
|81.0||130.4||81||I-40 – Wilmington, Raleigh, Durham||Signed southbound as exits 81A (west) and 81B (east)|
|Four Oaks||87.6||141.0||87||Keen Road – Four Oaks|
|89.8||144.5||90||US 701 south / NC 96 – Newton Grove|
|Smithfield||93.1||149.8||93||Brogden Road – Smithfield|
US 70 Bus. – Smithfield, Goldsboro
|Selma||96.9||155.9||97||US 70 – Selma, Pine Level, Goldsboro|
|98.0||157.7||98||Pine Level–Selma Road – Selma|
|102.5||165.0||102||Main Street – Micro|
|106.0||170.6||106||Truck Stop Road|
|107.2||172.5||107||US 301 – Kenly, Wilson||To Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace and Tobacco Farm Life Museum|
|Wilson||Wilson||116.4||187.3||116||NC 42 – Wilson, Clayton|
|A: I-795 south / US 264 east – Wilson, Greenville, Goldsboro
B: US 264 west – Raleigh
|Signed as exits 119A (east/south) and 119B (west)|
US 264 Alt. – Wilson, Sims
|Nash||126.9||204.2||127||NC 97 – Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport|
|132.4||213.1||132||To NC 58 / Sandy Cross Road|
|Rocky Mount||Sunset Avenue||Proposed interchange (unfunded).|
|A: Future I-495 south / US 64 west – Nashville, Raleigh
B: US 64 east – Rocky Mount, Tarboro
|Signed as exits 138A (west) 138B (east)
To NC Aquarium and Cape Hatteras National Seashore
|Dortches||140.8||226.6||141||NC 43 – Red Oak|
|Rocky Mount||145.0||233.4||145||NC 4 / NC 48 to US 301 – Gold Rock, Rocky Mount|
|149.8||241.1||150||NC 33 – Whitakers|
|Halifax||153.7||247.4||154||NC 481 – Enfield|
|160.5||258.3||160||NC 561 – Halifax||To Medoc Mountain State Park|
|167.7||269.9||168||NC 903 – Halifax|
|Roanoke Rapids||170.7||274.7||171||NC 125 – Roanoke Rapids|
|173.0||278.4||173||US 158 – Roanoke Rapids, Weldon|
|Northampton||175.8||282.9||176||NC 46 – Gaston, Garysburg|
|180.0||289.7||180||NC 48 – Gaston|
|State line||181.7||292.4||I-95 north – Richmond|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Federal Highway Administration Route Log and Finder List, Main Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways as of October 31, 2002
- Google Inc. "Interstate 95 in North Carolina". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=I-95+N&daddr=I-95+N&hl=en&ll=35.719758,-78.590698&spn=3.732431,7.13562&sll=36.546208,-77.576072&sspn=0.014429,0.027874&geocode=FTB0DgIdstpF-w%3BFSWiLQIdCEhg-w&mra=dme&mrsp=1&sz=16&t=p&z=8. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
- "North Carolina Memorial Highways and other Named Facilities". Retrieved October 7, 2012.
- "NCDOT: NC Blue Star Memorial Marker Locations". Retrieved October 7, 2012.
- "The Blue Star Memorial Marker Program Directory". Retrieved October 10, 2012.
- Staff (March 22, 2013). "NCDOT Names Section of I-95 in Johnston County as Dick Fleming Freeway". Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
- "NCRoads.com: I-95". Retrieved January 21, 2012.
- Siceloff, Bruce (June 13, 2010). "Talk of I-95 tolls revives". The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC). Retrieved January 21, 2012.
- "Interstate-Guide: Interstate 95". Retrieved January 21, 2012.
- "SJ 184 Interstate Route 95". Retrieved January 21, 2012.
- Staff (January 20, 2012). "Environmental Assessment Approved for I-95 Improvements". NCDOT. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
- The Associated Press (January 21, 2012). "NC report recommends tolls on Interstate 95". The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC). Retrieved January 21, 2012.
- Dorsey, Steve (January 21, 2012). "NC DOT considers making I-95 a toll road". WTVD-TV (Durham, NC). Retrieved January 21, 2012.
- Siceloff, Bruce (February 12, 2012). "Plan fights evasion of I-95 toll in North Carolina". The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC). Retrieved February 13, 2012.
- "NCDOT: Project I-3806". Retrieved January 21, 2012.
- "NCDOT: Project I-4745". Retrieved January 21, 2012.
- "North Carolina Gets a New Interstate, with the I-495 Designation near Raleigh". Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Department of Transportation. December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
- Staff. "NCDOT Project U-2519". North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
- Staff. "City of Rocky Mount TIP Status Report". City of Rocky Mount. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
- Staff. "NCDOT Project U-5026". North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
- Media related to Interstate 95 in North Carolina at Wikimedia Commons
- Driving95|I-95 Corridor Planning & Financial Study
- Internatate 95 North Carolina @ SoutheastRoads.com (AARoads)
- Exitlists.com (I-95)
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