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Long Branch Road exit off I-95 in Dunn closes for 1 year for widening project

Posted February 10, 2020 9:59 a.m. EST
Updated February 11, 2020 8:37 a.m. EST

— A bridge on Long Branch Road, just off Exit 71 on Interstate 95 in Dunn, closed Monday for one year.

The closure is the first stage of a $404 million project from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to widen 15 miles of I-95 between mile marker 56 in Eastover and Exit 71 in Dunn.

According to the DOT, the two-lane bridge will be demolished and replaced with a taller and longer three-lane bridge.

Exit 71 off I-95 in Dunn

The four on and off I-95 ramps at the bridge will also be redesigned, making the ramps longer for drivers trying to merge onto the highway.

According to the DOT, the change will make the interchange safer and double the highway's travel lanes from four to eight.

Detours during construction

During the bridge construction, drivers will still be able to take Exit 71 and turn right, the DOT said. They will not be able to turn left.

Eventually, all the ramps will close, and drivers will need to take Exit 70 instead.

Future projects

In 2021, when the Long Branch Road bridge and Exit 71 reopens, Exit 70 will close for similar construction on the Bud Hawkins Road bridge.

According to the DOT, the entire I-95 widening project is expected to be completed by 2024. Find more information online.

“Widening Interstate 95 has long been a need in North Carolina for congestion, safety and economic development,” NCDOT's Terry Hutchens said. “It is great to see portions of I-95 widening funded.”

The NCDOT will also widen the All American Freeway in Fayetteville to six lanes from Owen Drive to north Santa Fe Drive.

Construction there is scheduled to begin in 2027.

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