Three more pieces of Fayetteville Loop to be built

Posted April 13, 2011 6:11 p.m. EDT

— Construction work on three sections of Interstate 295, also known as the Fayetteville Outer Loop, will begin this week, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The 5-mile project will complete I-295 from Murchison Road to Interstate 95, giving Fort Bragg a direct connection to the highway, officials said. Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro will handle the $55.2 million project, which is scheduled to be complete by April 15, 2014.

Three bridges will be built over Murchison Road, two more will be built over Cross Creek and a new interchange will be built at Ramsey Street that will include two bridges on I-295 over U.S. Highway 401, officials said. Two bridges also will be built over a tributary to Carver’s Creek.

Barnhill will begin clearing trees this week, and work on the new U.S. 401 interchange and bridges over Cross Creek near Murchison Road will begin in May. Once work on the interchanges and bridges progresses, drivers can expect lane closures and new traffic patterns, officials said.