The Fayetteville Outer Loop arcs westward from I-95 and the south end of U.S. 13 at Eastover along the north side of Fayetteville to Fort Bragg. The freeway connects with the main entrance to Fort Bragg via All American Freeway (SR 1007) and with NC 24/87 and NC 210 north to the town of Spring Lake and Pope Army Airfield. Interstate 295 turns south ahead of a temporary end point at U.S. 401 (Raeford Road).
Future I-295 was redesignated as North Carolina Highway 295 in 2014. However Section CB, from the All American Freeway southwest to Cliffdale Road, and Section CA from Cliffdale Road to U.S. 401 (Exit 12), were both signed with Interstate 295 markers. This change was the result of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) allowing the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to post the Fayetteville Outer Loop as I-295.5
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 for the naming took place at the Airborne Special Operations Museum on August 16, 2014.1
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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. Until 2014, markers without the word Interstate were posted for the route.
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 (SR 1007) on December 2, 2016.3
The succeeding segment (Section CB) along the Fayetteville Outer Loop opened to traffic on November 26, 2019. The seven mile section extends NC 295 southwest from the All American Freeway (SR 1007) to Cliffdale Road (SR 1400).4 Opening of Section CB was previously anticipated for October 2018.2
Remaining construction for the Fayetteville Outer Loop between Cliffdale Road and I-95 south of Hope Hills is as follows:
- Cliffdale Road south to U.S. 401 (Raeford Road)
An $100.6 million design-build contract for the 3.1 mile long Section CA was awarded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) in June 2016. Construction commenced on the Lake Rim Runoff bridge taking Old Raeford Road across Bones Creek in August 2017. That span was completed in December 2017. NC 295 south from Cliffdale Road to U.S. 401 (Raeford Road) opened to traffic on August 19, 2020, three months ahead of schedule.5 Work on the remaining roadway south to near Century Circle continues to Summer 2022.
- U.S. 401 (Raeford Road) south to Camden Road
Design work for Section B was underway in 2018. A contract was scheduled to be awarded by NCDOT in January 2019. Delays pushed this date back to August 2022, with work anticipated to follow by that Fall. Completion was previously anticipated for 2022 or 2023, but now is 2026.
- Camden Road south to Interstate 95
NCDOT awarded a $129.7 million design-build contract for Section A in December 2017. Construction got underway in Spring 2019 and is scheduled for completion by
July 2021 Summer 2022.
- "NCDOT to Open New Stretch of Fayetteville Outer Loop from Murchison Road to Bragg Boulevard on Monday." North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), news release, August 1, 2014.
- "State Opens New Section of the Fayetteville Outer Loop." North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), news release, August 11, 2016.
- "Next Section of Fayetteville Outer Loop Ready to Open." North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), news release, December 1, 2016.
- "Fayetteville Outer Loop Opens New Segment." North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), news release, November 26, 2019.
- "Fayetteville Outer Loop segment to open Wednesday afternoon." The Fayetteville Observer (NC), August 18, 2020.
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