Fayetteville loop now links Bragg, I-95
Posted August 11, 2016
Fayetteville, N.C. — A new section of Fayetteville's loop highway will improve military mobility by linking Fort Bragg to Interstate 95, officials said Thursday.
The 6.5-mile stretch of Interstate 295 connecting Ramsey Street and Murchison Road was the last link needed to connect Bragg Boulevard to I-95. Another section connecting to All American Freeway is scheduled to open by the end of the year.
Fort Bragg officials said faster access to I-95 will help soldiers accomplish their mission of being able to deploy in a moment's notice.
"That ties back to Fort Bragg, for us to actually be able to get back all of the equipment, all of the requirements off of Fort Bragg out to 95 and out to the ports or wherever it has to be in a much more efficient and streamlined manner," said Col. Brett Funck, garrison commander.
The $146 million highway also means Fort Bragg leaders can soon close Bragg Boulevard to through-traffic. By the end of the year, drivers who don't need to be on post will be diverted to Murchison Road and the new portion of I-295, officials said.
The 39-mile loop highway is expected to be completed by 2025. A section between All American Freeway and Cliffdale Road is already under construction, and the state Department of Transportation recently awarded an $85.2 million contract for the 3.1-mile portion from Cliffdale Road to Raeford Road. Construction on the section from Raeford Road to Camden Road is expected to start in 2018 and in 2020 for the final leg, from Camden Road back to I-95 near St. Pauls in Robeson County.