Among the many future Interstate corridors designated across the state of North Carolina, the one gaining perhaps the most headway is the Fayetteville Outer Loop. Designated as Future Interstate 295, and signed in the field as North Carolina 295, the new beltway is roughly two thirds of the way complete with the December 2, 2016 opening of a segment west from NC 24 & 87 (Bragg Boulevard) to the All American Freeway south of Fort Bragg. We took the opportunity to drive the entire length of the freeway on New Year’s Day, taking it west from I-95 to the current end at the All American Freeway.
wdcrft63 on the AARoads Forum inquired with NCDOT about the mileage discrepancy. The response was that the future “at-speed” ramps to be constructed at both ends with Interstate 95 will factor into the nearly five-mile difference.
The All American Freeway runs north-south between Owen Drive and Fort Bragg. An NCDOT document in June 2014 proposed the designation of North Carolina 555 for both the unnumbered freeway and Owen Drive to the southeast.
Construction underway along the next sections of the Fayetteville Outer Loop extends the route southwest 3.1 miles from the All American Freeway to Cliffdale Road through western reaches of Fayetteville. Work there runs through October 2018. The contract for the 2.4 mile roadway south from Cliffdale Road to U.S. 401 (Raeford Road) was let in March 2016. The $85.2 million project runs through spring of 2021.1
Subsequent work on segments from U.S. 401 south to Camden Road is scheduled for 2018 and from Camden Road to Interstate 95 in 2020. The entire 39-mile loop is expected to be complete by 2025.1
- “Fayetteville loop now links Bragg, I-95.” WRAL, August 11, 2016.