Looking northward from the highest flyover within the Interstate 95 and Future Interstate 295 directional-cloverleaf interchange near Wade. Photo taken 05/30/07.

A rural freeway traveling through eastern North Carolina between South Carolina and Virginia, Interstate 95, like its path in South Carolina, primarily carries travelers between Florida and the Northeastern United States. The freeway avoids most of the cities of consequence along the corridor with the exception of Lumberton. The largest city within the corridor, Fayetteville, represents the only community with over 100,000 residents along the 181 mile drive. Rocky Mount ranks second along the route with 55,893 residents.

Because of its status as a through route, North Carolina officials touted the possibility of tolling the route to pay for its improvements such as widening and modernization. The rational is that since that the majority of traffic along the route is comprised out of out-of-staters, why not have them pay for its maintenance and upgrades? An early 2000s proposal to add six toll plazas each levying a $3.00 car toll did not pass legislation. However in 2006 ideas of tolling the road again arose, but none have yet to pass.

Four lanes of Interstate 95 travel south of the North Carolina 46 overpass near the Roanoke River in southern Northampton County. Photo taken 06/25/10.

More recent proposals in 2011-12 involved tolling Interstate 95 in North Carolina with rates as high as $20 for using the entire freeway in the Tar Heel State. Opposition to tolling the road has grown however, and a No Tolls on I-95 coalition formed, with notable billboards and banners posted along the I-95 corridor against tolling.

A ten mile portion of Interstate 95 opened to traffic between North Carolina 50 at Benson and the Cumberland County line south of Dunn on October 21, 1958.1

Interstate 95 Highway Guides

Interstate 95 scenes
Wade-Stedman Road east to U.S. 13 south acts as an alternate route to Interstate 95 south in lieu of the Exit 61 southbound on-ramp. Wade-Stedman Road ends at U.S. 13 3.5 miles east of its end at Interstate 95, U.S. 301, and Future Interstate 295 (Exit 58). Photo taken 06/25/05.
Anderson Street west at the southbound loop ramp to Interstate 95 at Selma. Smithfield is served by the next three exits. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Entering the folded-diamond interchange with Interstate 95 on Anderson Street east. Anderson Street becomes Pine Level Selma Road east of the freeway. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Interstate 95 passes over both Anderson Street and the adjacent Norfolk Southern Railroad at Exit 98. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Interstate 95 north leaves Selma for a nine mile drive to Kenly, where U.S. 301 branches northeast to Wilson. Photo taken 06/24/10.
North Carolina 46 ventures three miles southeast from Gaston to meet Interstate 95 at a diamond interchange (Exit 176). Long Farm Road spurs south from N.C. 46, providing access to the southbound on-ramp. I-95 heads south three miles from here to Roanoke Rapids. Photo taken 06/25/10.
Spanning Interstate 95, North Carolina 46 approaches the northbound on-ramp to Emporia, Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia. Photo taken 06/25/10.
Traffic to Interstate 95 north leaves N.C. 46 east. I-95 exits the state in 5.8 miles as North Carolina 46 continues 3.3 miles to end at U.S. 301 in Garysburg. Photo taken 06/25/10.


  1. "1958: Ten-mile stretch of I-95 opens." Fayetteville Observer, October 18, 2008.

Photo Credits:

  • 06/25/05 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 06/24/10 by AARoads.
  • 06/25/10 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 40
Interstate 74
North Carolina 295
Interstate 795
U.S. Highway 64
U.S. Highway 70
U.S. Highway 74
U.S. Highway 301

Page Updated 09-15-2014.