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I-95 
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Photo: I-95 entering North Carolina from Virginia (Adam Froehlig)
I-95
I-95  181 miles
The Road: 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  
History:
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

1959 Official
I-95 opened around Dunn; Selma to Kenly likely an error
1959 Official
1960 Official
I-95 Eastover to Kenly
1960 Official

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.

1960 Official
I-95 open around Lumberton
1960 Official
1962 Official
I-95 open St Pauls to Hope Mills
1962 Official
1963 Official
I-95 open Lumberton to St. Pauls
1963 Official
1973 Official
I-95 open SC to Lumberton
1973 Official

The 1979 Official shows I-95 open from US 301 Kenly to I-95 Bus (now NC 4) Gold Rock

1964 Official
I-95 open Weldon to VA
1964 Official
1968 Official
I-95 open Gold Rock to Weldon
1968 Official
1979 Official
I-95 open Kenly to Gold Rock
1979 Official

In April 1980, I-95 was open on the Fayetteville Bypass, completing I-95 in North Carolina.

1979 Official
I-95 Bus in Fayetteville
1979 Official
1981 Official
I-95 open around Fayetteville
1981 Official

Comments: 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.
Exit List:

EXIT 1: US 301, US 501
EXIT 2: NC 130
EXIT 7: SR 2455 Raynham Rd
EXIT 10: US 301 SOUTH
EXIT 13: I-74, US 74
EXIT 14: US 74-A (exit removed)
EXIT 17: NC 72, NC 711
EXIT 19: SR 1536 Carthage Rd
EXIT 20: NC 211
EXIT 22: US 301 NORTH
EXIT 25: US 301
EXIT 31: NC 20
EXIT 33: US 301
EXIT 40 (NB only): I-95 Bus
EXIT 41: NC 59
EXIT 44: SR 2219 Claude Lee Rd
EXIT 46: NC 87
EXIT 49: NC 53, NC 210
EXIT 52: NC 24
EXIT 55: SR 1832 Murphy Rd
EXIT 56 (SB only): I-95 Bus
EXIT 58: I-295, US 13
EXIT 61: SR 1815 Wade-Stedman Rd
EXIT 65: NC 82
EXIT 70: SR 1811 Bud Hawkins Rd
EXIT 71: SR 1002 Long Branch Rd
EXIT 72: SR 1793 Pope Rd
EXIT 73: US 421, NC 55
EXIT 75: SR 1799 Jonesboro Rd
EXIT 77: SR 1709 Hodges Chapel Rd
EXIT 79: NC 50, NC 242
EXIT 81: I-40

EXIT 87 (NB only): SR 1162 Hockaday Rd (exit removed)
EXIT 87: SR 1178 Keen Rd
EXIT 90: US 301, US 701, NC 96
EXIT 93: SR 1007 Brogden Rd
EXIT 95: US 70 Bus
EXIT 97: US 70
EXIT 98: SR 1927 Pine Level-Selma Rd
EXIT 101: SR 2137 Pittman Rd
EXIT 102: SR 2130 Micro Rd
EXIT 105: SR 2339 Bagley Rd
EXIT 106: Truck Stop Rd
EXIT 107: US 301
EXIT 116: NC 42
EXIT 119: I-795, US 264
EXIT 121: US 264-A
EXIT 127: NC 97
EXIT 132: SR 1717 Sandy Cross Rd
EXIT 138: I-495, US 64
EXIT 141: NC 43
EXIT 145: NC 4, NC 48
EXIT 150: NC 33
EXIT 154: NC 481
EXIT 160: NC 561
EXIT 168: NC 903
EXIT 171: NC 125
EXIT 173: US 158
EXIT 176: NC 46, NC 186
EXIT 180: NC 48



Last Update: 6 December 2013

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