Redesignated as North Carolina 295 in 2014, future Interstate 295 arcs westward from I-95 and the southern terminus 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 the All American Freeway while also connecting with N.C. 24/87 and N.C. 210 north to the town of Spring Lake and Pope Army Airfield.
A July resolution adopted by the N.C. Board of Transportation named N.C. 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
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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. 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 (N.C. 24 & N.C. 87) opened to traffic on August 4, 2014.1 Construction to August 11, 2016 joined that separate stretch with the remainder of the N.C. 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 was anticipated for October 2018,2 and it is now expected to be completed in either Summer or Fall 2019.
The Fayetteville Outer Loop between Cliffdale Road and I-95 south of Hope Hills is divided into three sections:
- Cliffdale Road south to U.S. 401 (Raeford Road)
An $85.2 million design-build contract for the 3.1 mile section was awarded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) in June 2016. Construction commenced on the Lake Rim Runoff bridge across Bones Creek in 2017. Work on this section runs through May 2022.
- U.S. 401 (Raeford Road) south to Camden Road
Design work for this section was underway in 2018. A contract is scheduled to be awarded by NCDOT in January 2019. Construction is anticipated through 2022 or 2023.
- Camden Road south to Interstate 95
NCDOT awarded a $129.7 million design-build contract for Section A in December 2017. Construction is scheduled for completion by July 2021.
- "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 12-20-2018.