Section of I-95 closes in Benson, traffic to shift for Hurricane Matthew repairs

Posted October 13, 2016 4:20 p.m. EDT

Mar-Mac residents face roadblocks after Hurricane Matthew

— A section of Interstate 95 will be closed in Benson for at least two days as crews divert traffic and begin work to repair damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.

All traffic on I-95 south will be diverted through Benson from 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and a section of the highway at the Johnston-Harnett County line will be closed as the North Carolina Department of Transportation will install a crossover to place all traffic on the northbound side of I-95 to facilitate repairs.

While southbound lanes of I-95 south are closed, traffic will be rerouted through Benson along N.C. Highway 242 from Interstate 40 through downtown Benson on U.S. Highway 301 before it eventually rejoins I-95 at Jonesboro Road near Dunn.

Benson police will assist in directing traffic through the detour and minimize impact on local roads. Significant delays are expected.

Once all traffic is moved to the northbound side of the highway, the traffic shift will remain in place for at least three weeks as DOT officials repair the damaged section of I-95.