The Draft STIP released by NCDOT this week (https://apps.ncdot.gov/newsreleases/details.aspx?r=10531
) was good news for the Fayetteville Outer Loop (Future I-295) project. The STIP provides money to complete the Loop from Bragg Blvd south to I-95 over the next 10 years. NCDOT originally broke up the Outer Loop into 2 parts, from I-95 west to Bragg Blvd, the only part of the project funded when work started, and the remainder from Bragg Blvd south back to I-95 that was mostly, until now, not on the funded list.
The first part, as of 12/1, only has one project remaining, the paving and signing of the highway from US 401 to the All American Freeway, work started a couple months ago, and it's only 8% complete, and due to be completed in August 2016. The second part already has 2 projects underway: Bragg Blvd to SR 1415, Clearwater Blvd, now 78.5% complete with a end date of 7/15/2015, and from SR 1415 to SR 1490, Clifdale Rd, due to be completed in Oct. 2018 and currently now about 5% done. The remaining 3 projects are now funded. The next section to be started will be from Clifdale Rd to US 401, work to start in 2016. Next will be from US 401 south to SR 1003 (Camden Rd) with a construction start date of 2018. Following the completion of that project, work is to start by 2021 on the final segment from Camden Rd to I-95 near St. Pauls. If all goes to schedule the entire loop may be completed by 2024 or 2025. Latest signage plans, see previous post, has the route signed as NC 295/Future I-295 when the first part is opened to traffic, don't know if this new funding will allow them to sign the route as an interstate to start, as originally planned.