Redesignated as North Carolina 295 in 2014, future Interstate 295 stems westward from Interstate 95 and the southern terminus of U.S. 13 near Wade to Fort Bragg north of Fayetteville. The route connects with the main entrance to Fort Bragg via the All American Freeway while also serving the NC 24/87 and NC 210 corridors north to the town of Spring Lake.
A July resolution adopted by the N.C. Board of Transportation named NC 295 west from I-95 to Raeford Road (U.S. 401) as the The Airborne and Special Operations Highway. A dedication ceremony was held for the naming at the Airborne Special Operations Museum on August 16, 2014.1
North Carolina 295 Highway Guides
Future Interstate 295 opened initially along the 7.5 mile route between U.S. 401 (Ramsay Street) and River Road in 2003. Completion of the freeway east to I-95 occurred by 2005. Markers without the word Interstate were posted for the route, alluding to its future status.
A 1.7 mile section from Murchison Road to Bragg Boulevard (NC 24 & NC 87) opened to traffic on August 4, 2014.1 Construction to August 11, 2016 joined that separate stretch with the remainder of the NC 295 freeway east from U.S. 401.2 A short extension opened west to the All American Freeway on December 2, 2016.3
The next section of the 39-mile beltway3 heading south from Bragg Boulevard and east back to Interstate 95 is currently under construction from the All American Freeway to Cliffdale Road. Opening of that stretch is anticipated for October 2018 while funding for work on the beltway south to I-95 kicks in by 2020.2
- "NCDOT to Open New Stretch of Fayetteville Outer Loop from Murchison Road to Bragg Boulevard on Monday." NCDOT, news release, August 1, 2014.
- "State Opens New Section of the Fayetteville Outer Loop." NCDOT, news release, August 11, 2016.
- "Next Section of Fayetteville Outer Loop Ready to Open." NCDOT, news release, December 1, 2016.
Page Updated 01-09-2017.