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Photo: I-95 entering North Carolina from Virginia (Adam Froehlig)
|I-95 181 miles|
Begins at the South Carolina State line at Rowland (Robeson County) and ends at the Virginia State Line near Pleasant Hill (Northampton County).
Nationally I-95 runs from US 1 Miami FL to the Canadian border at Houlton ME
|Towns and Attractions:||Robeson Co.: Rowland, Lumberton
Cumberland Co.: Hope Mills, Fayetteville
Harnett Co.: Dunn
Johnston Co.: Benson, Smithfield, Selma
Wilson Co.: Wilson
Nash Co.: Rocky Mount
Halifax Co.: Roanoke Rapids, Weldon
Northampton Co.: None
Many of the following timelines are from North Carolina's I-95 entry on their 50th anniversary of interstates website.
I-95 was an original 1957 interstate.
The first segment to open was in Oct 1958 from today's Exit 70 to NC 50-242 (Bypass of Dunn). Shown on maps starting in 1958 but not labeled as I-95 until 1960.
In June 1960, I-95 was open from NC 50-242 Benson to US 70-A (now US 70 Business) Selma.
Also by the end of 1960 the following segments were open:
1. US 74-301 (now US 74-A) to today's Exit 22 (Lumberton bypass which had been non-interstate US 301 since 1950)
2. US 301 Eastover to exit 70
3. US 70-A Selma to US 301 Kenly
The 1962 Official shows I-95 open from NC 20 St Pauls to US 301 Hope Mills
The 1963 Official shows I-95 open from Exit 22 Lumberton to NC 20 St. Pauls
The 1964 Official shows I-95 open from US 158 Weldon into Virginia.
The 1968 Official shows I-95 open from SR 1522 (now NC 4) Gold Rock to US 158 Weldon.
The 1973 Official shows I-95 open from the South Carolina line to US 74-301 Lumberton.
The 1979 Official shows I-95 open from US 301 Kenly to I-95 Bus (now NC 4) Gold Rock
In April 1980, I-95 was open on the Fayetteville Bypass, completing I-95 in North Carolina.
I-95 is not nearly as important to North Carolina residents as I-40 and I-85 are as it passes through less populated areas of the state. As a result, even though I-95 is prety busy with through travelers, it is still only 4-lanes throughout. Even when the Lumberton bypass was totally rehabbed, NCDOT did not widen the road.
I-95 is under consideration for tolling to fund improvements to the road.
Since I began traveling this route as a child in the mid-70s (mostly from SC to Kenly), this would qualify as the interstate I least want to drive.
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