Interstate 95 North - Johnston County

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Interstate 95 North
Interstate 95 converges with N.C. 50 & 242 through eastern reaches of the Benson town limits. N.C. 50 & 242 overlap 0.71 miles from the northbound off-ramp at Exit 79 to U.S. 301 (Wall Street) in Downtown Benson. Photo taken 07/28/13.
One half mile south of N.C. 50 & 242 (East Main Street) on I-95 N.C. 242 enters Benson 13 miles north from U.S. 421 at Spivey's Corner. N.C. 50 travels 14 miles east to N.C. 55 on the outskirts of Newton Grove. Photo taken 07/28/13.
The modified diamond interchange (Exit 79) with N.C. 50/242 was upgraded to a parclo in 2005. Exit 79 will be configured again during 2020-24 widening of I-95 to a dumbbell interchange. West of U.S. 301 (Wall Street), N.C. 50 (Main Street) continues 0.6 miles to N.C. 27. N.C. 27 joins Benson with the to Coats, eight miles to the west. Photo taken 07/28/13.
I-95 continues along the Benson town line to Interstate 40. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Interstate 40 generally travels north-south from Raleigh to Wilmington in eastern North Carolina. Connections with N.C. 24, U.S. 117 and other highways lead travelers to Wrightsville Beach, Beaufort, Morehead City, Carolina Beach, Topsail Beach and other coastal destinations. Photo taken 05/30/07.
The 25 mile expansion project underway through 2024 along I-95 north from Eastover concludes at Interstate 40. Upon completion, two lanes will default onto I-40 at Exit 81 and two will continue northeast toward Rocky Mount. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Exit 81 departs I-95 north for Interstate 40. Westbound I-40 travels 27 miles north to I-87 at Raleigh and 49 miles to N.C. 147 (Durham Freeway). The rural freeway eastbound heads south 13 miles to Newton Grove and 93 miles to U.S. 117 at Wilmington. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Exit 81 partitions into ramps for Raleigh and Wilmington. Interstate 40 opened to traffic between I-95 and U.S. 70 at Garner in 1989. Completion of the route southeast from Interstate 95 occurred by June 29, 1990.1 Photo taken 05/30/07.
I-95 maintains four lanes through the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 81) with Interstate 40. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Hannah Creek intertwines with Interstate 95 over the succeeding 2.25 miles north of I-40. This stretch of freeway dates back to 1957. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Richmond, Virginia appears for the first time on I-95 mileage signs 15 miles south of Smithfield. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Advancing north, two miles ahead of the town of Fair Oak and Exit 87. Prior to 1999, a split diamond interchange connected I-95 north with Hockaday Road (SR 1162) / Main Street and I-95 south with Keen Road (SR 1178). The separate exchanges were consolidated into a diamond interchange. Photo taken 07/28/13.
SR 1178 (Keen Road) branches 2.75 miles northwest from U.S. 701 to Boyette Road (SR 1182) and Keen Street in Four Oaks. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Interstate 95 north at Keen Road (SR 1178) and Four Oaks. Allendale Road (SR 1164) links Keen Road and Exit 87 with South Main Street (SR 1162). Photo taken 07/28/13.
Brewer Road (SR 1225) travels alongside Interstate 95 north from Exit 87 to North Carolina 96. North Carolina 96 becomes the northbound side frontage road to its merge with U.S. 701 and U.S. 301 north. NC 96 travels ten miles north from Interstate 40 (Exit 334). Photo taken 07/28/13.
U.S. 701 enters the scene along a 15-mile drive north from Newton Grove and Bentonville Civil War Battlefield. The highway travels south to Clinton, Elizabethtown, Whiteville, and Tabor City in North Carolina. Its overall routing takes U.S. 701, 172 miles to Georgetown, South Carolina. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Northbound at Exit 90 to U.S. 301, U.S. 701 south, and N.C. 96. The north end of U.S. 701 is located on the north side of this exchange where it meets U.S. 301. N.C. 96 joins U.S. 301 north for a six-mile overlap into Downtown Smithfield. The state route runs concurrent with U.S. 301 to Selma before turning north to Zebullon. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Interstate 95 progresses northeast across Black Creek, east of Holts Lake, to the Smithfield town limits. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Downtown Smithfield lies five miles ahead, with Wilson in another 33 miles and Richmond still 165 miles away. Photo taken 07/28/13.
The Neuse River flows 275 miles south from the North Carolina Piedmont and Falls Lake to Pamlico Sound south of New Bern. Photo taken 07/28/13.
1.50 miles south of the parclo B2 interchange (Exit 93) with Brogden Road (SR 1007) on Interstate 95 north. Whitley Farm Road (SR 2549) and Wal-Pat Drive (SR 2548) comprise the frontage road system tying into the forthcoming exit. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Exit 93 represents the first of two interchanges serving the town of Smithfield. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Brogden Road (SR 1007) ends a short distance north of Interstate 95 at U.S. 301 & North Carolina 96's split from 3rd Street onto Brightleaf Boulevard. Brogden Road southeast provides a back route to the city of Goldsboro. Photo taken 07/28/13.
U.S. 70 Business (Market Street) meets U.S. 301 & North Carolina 96 (Brightleaf Boulevard) in Downtown Smithfield, 1.2 miles west of the parclo interchange (Exit 95) with I-95. U.S. 70 Business represents the original U.S. 70 alignment, since bypassed by a freeway near Selma. Photo taken 07/28/13.
U.S. 70 Business loops through Smithfield and West Smithfield along Market Street. The business loop merges with U.S. 70 four miles east of Interstate 95, 21 miles west of Goldsboro. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Traveling the Exit 95 off-ramp from Mallard Road to U.S. 70 Business. Mallard Road (SR 2507) stems south from Exit 95 to Brogden Road while U.S. 70 Business transitions into a rural highway from Smithfield and Interstate 95 eastward. Photo taken 12/16/07.
Industrial Park Drive (SR 2398) runs along the west side of Interstate 95 between Exits 96 and 97, serving a variety of businesses and the Carolina Premium Outlets. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Rocky Mount, where future Interstate 495 ties into I-95, appears on this mileage sign at 46 miles out. Upcoming Exit 97 serves interests to the Hinnant Family Vineyards. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Interstate 95 nears the next two versions of U.S. 70, the mainline and U.S. 70 Bypass. U.S. 70 follows an expressway bypass of Selma and Pine Level to the south. The route splits within the vicinity of Exit 97, with U.S. 70 Bypass following a freeway to the west of the at-grade U.S. 70. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Nearing the U.S. 70 Bypass over crossing on Interstate 95 north; U.S. 70 lies just one third of a mile to the east. U.S. 70 is a major corridor between Raleigh, Garner, and Clinton to the west with Selma, Goldsboro, Kinston, New Bern, and Morehead City to the east.
A fourth version of U.S. 70, U.S. 70 Alternate, ties into Exit 97 from the east to provide access to Pine Level. Only one version of U.S. 70 heads northwest toward nearby Selma otherwise. Photo taken 07/28/13.
A six-ramp parclo interchange joins Interstate 95 and U.S. 70 at the west end of U.S. 70 Alternate. U.S. 70 merges with U.S. 70 Bypass via wye interchanges in either direction. Selma lies two miles to the north; Pine Level resides three miles east on U.S. 70 Alternate. Long distance interests to Tryon Palace at New Bern and Cape Lookout National Seashore on the south Outer Banks should use U.S. 70 east. Photo taken 07/28/13.
The third rest area along I-95 north in North Carolina and first since the Fayetteville area lies 1.5 miles ahead outside Selma. Photo taken 07/28/13.
A direct route into Selma is provided by Anderson Street north from a folded diamond interchange at Exit 98. Anderson Street (SR 1927) intersects U.S. 301 & North Carolina 96 (Pollock Street) in Downtown, four blocks south of their split at Richardson Street. Photo taken 07/28/13.
One quarter mile out from Exit 98 and Anderson Street (SR 1927). Connections with U.S. 301 in town direct motorists to North Carolina 96 and 39 north to Zebulon and Emit respectively. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Northbound at the Exit 98 loop ramp to Anderson Street west to Selma. Anderson Street (SR 1927) becomes Main Street east of Interstate 95 en route to Pine Level. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Campground Road (SR 2387) lines the east side of Interstate 95 by this shield assembly, linking Pine Level Selma Road with Wiggs Road to the east. Photo taken 07/28/13.
A pair of rest areas line Interstate 95 between Selma and Crumplers Crossroads. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Nearing the town of Micro and Pittman Road (Exit 101) on Interstate 95 north. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Pittman Road (SR 2137) intersects Interstate 95 at a diamond interchange (Exit 101) near the rural area of Crumplers Crossroads. The local road travels north-south between Lizzie Mill and Davis Homestead Roads. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Interstate 95 northbound at the Exit 101 ramp departure to Pittman Road (SR 2137). Pittman Road meets U.S. 301 just north of the CSX Railroad crossing. A pair of state routes act as frontage roads for Interstate 95 through this vicinity. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Next in line for northbound travelers is the diamond interchange (Exit 102) by the town of Micro. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Reassurance marker for I-95 north posted east of Little Creek. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Meeting the freeway at Micro and Exit 102 is East Main Street south and Micro Road north (SR 2130). Photo taken 07/28/13.
East Main Street (SR 2130) intersects U.S. 301 (Smithfield Street) in the heart of Micro before becoming Micro Road West north into rural areas. South of Exit 102, Micro Road quickly ends at Lowell Mill Road; Lowell Mill Road (SR 2335) parallels Interstate 95 to the south through farm fields. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Interstate 95 continues a short distance to Exit 105 with Bagley Road. Bagley Road (SR 2339) serves the rural communities of Bagley and Lowell Mill. Photo taken 07/28/13.
One quarter mile west of Exit 105 to Bagley Road. Bagley Road (SR 2339) meets Lowell Mill Road (SR 2335) nearby to the east and U.S. 301 and Weaver Road (SR 2144) to the west. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Northbound at the rural diamond interchange with Bagley Road (Exit 105). Weaver Road (SR 2144) continues north from Bagley Road at U.S. 301 to Beulahtown. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Truck Stop Road meets I-95 in one mile at Exit 106. Truck Stop Road (SR 2399) represents another in a series of local roads that ties into Interstate 95 from U.S. 301. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Interstate 95 crosses the Little River immediately east of Exit 105. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Truck Stop Road (SR 2399) joins Interstate 95 with Princeton Kenly Road (SR 2342) to the south and J. Howell Road (SR 2165) at U.S. 301 to the north, both local roads that serve the rural areas outside of Kenly. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Wilson is now 22 miles to the north, followed by Rocky Mount in 39 miles. Richmond is still over two hours away. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Exit 106 departs Interstate 95 northbound for Truck Stop Road (SR 2399). Princeton Kenly Road (SR 2342) ventures east from Truck Stop Road to Alford Avenue in the town of Kenly. Photo taken 07/28/13.
U.S. 301 crosses paths with Interstate 95 again at a parclo interchange (Exit 107) at west Kenly. U.S. 301 follows Church Street through Downtown, intersecting North Carolina 222 (2nd Street) in the process. North Carolina 222 travels through rural areas between North Carolina 231 near Emit and U.S. 117 near Fremont. Photo taken 07/28/13.
U.S. 301 continues east from Kenly seven miles to Lucama and 12 miles to Wilson along a four-lane highway. The US highway breaks away from the immediate vicinity of Interstate 95 from Kenly north to Roanoke Rapids.
Historically, U.S. 301 between Exit 107 and North Carolina 4 north of Rocky Mount represents a decommissioned routing of Business Loop Interstate 95. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Drivers bound for U.S. 301 north to Kenly and Lucama depart Interstate 95 northbound at Exit 107. Interests to Wilson may use either U.S. 301 north or the I-795 & U.S. 264 freeway east from Interstate 95 north at Exit 119. Kenly points of interest for Exit 107 include Southern National Motorsports Park and the Tobacco Farm Life Museum. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Interstate 95 angles more northerly to bypass Kenly and the U.S. 301 corridor leading toward Wilson. Photo taken 07/28/13.
Downtown Wilson is still 19 miles ahead while Rocky Mount is 36 miles away. I-95 generally stays outside Wilson to the west. Photo taken 07/28/13.
The 30.34-mile stretch through Johnston County concludes as Interstate 95 enters Wilson County just east of the NC 222 overpass. The freeway remains rural over the next several miles. Photo taken 07/28/13.



  1. Interstate 40 Fact Sheet, North Carolina Celebrates the Interstate System's 50th Anniversary (NCDOT).

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05/30/07, 12/16/07, 06/24/10, 07/28/13 by AARoads

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