Shown is a new segment of the Fayetteville Outer loop that opened to traffic Monday morning between Parkton and Black Bridge roads.
HOPE MILLS – A two-mile section of the Fayetteville Outer Loop, also known as Interstate 295, opened to traffic today between Parkton and Hope Mills.
The new section runs between Exit 2 (Parkton Road) and Exit 4 (Black Bridge Road south of Hope Mills.
Exit 4 is in Cumberland County, and its construction included a realignment of Old Plank Road. Exit 2 is at the Cumberland-Robeson County border, where Parkton Road becomes Leeper Road.
Both exits feature roundabouts at the on/off ramps to improve traffic flow and safety.
Several upcoming completion dates
The newly opened segment is part of a larger goal to complete the outer loop in western Fayetteville and widen I-95 from four lanes to eight lanes between mile markers 37-41.
Below are the timelines for completing those inter-connecting improvements. Contractors for the N.C. Department of Transportation are expected to complete:
- I-295 interchanges at Camden Road and at I-95 (just south of Green Springs Road) by the summer of 2024
- The widening of I-95 from mile markers 37-41 by the summer of 2025
- The loop segment from north of Camden Road to Raeford Road by the summer of 2026, when the entire, 39-mile outer loop is scheduled to be completed.
To learn more about the I-295 project, visit this NCDOT page.