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3 Months and 36 Miles of Road Work Under Way Along I-95

Posted May 22, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Interstate 95 needs a facelift -- a little work around the edges to be exact. All the needed work could make a lot of drivers a little edgy.

Every interchange from Highway 59 in Hope Mills to Hodge Chapel Road north of Dunn needs work. Along 36 miles of interstate, crews are shaving off and resurfacing worn-out pavement.

Over the next three months, ramps will be closed for up to two days at a time. There will also be lane closures on the interstate.

"The location where you'll see lane closures on I-95 is at the N.C. 87 interchange, the N.C. 24 interchange and the N.C. 210 interchange," says Lisa Privette, DOT resident engineer.

Motorists driving I-95 through Harnett or Cumberland County this summer will be affected by the ramp work. TheDepartment of Transportationsays crews will try to keep the impact on drivers to a minimum.

"It's not our intent to cause anyone any undue delay, and we are trying our best to get in and out of there just as fast as possible," says Privette. "But with any project, there's going to be some delay incurred and we apologize for that. We're doing our best to get in and out as quick as possible."

Crews are starting in Cumberland County and are working their way north through Harnett County. The best advice for drivers is to look for the message boards.

The DOT says doing the work at night would have significantly increased the cost of the $1.4 million project.

Crews will stop work at noon Friday to help with Memorial Day weekend traffic.