• This is a network of Projects comprised of 1) improvements to U.S. 70 (future I-42) and 2) improvements to I-95. Each has independent utility, but the greatest benefits are realized when the two investments are jointly made.
    • The I-95 part of the Project will increase safety, bring key portions of the facility into a state of good repair and up to current design standards, add capacity and increase the flow of traffic on this national artery in North Carolina, ensuring connections between the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, military installations and international ports on the eastern seaboard are maintained and enhanced. 
    • The U.S. 70 (future I-42) portion of the Project completes the last two remaining gaps between I-40 and the eastern terminus of the Havelock Bypass to bring the entire stretch of road up to freeway standards. This will be the culmination of a decades-long effort to develop this facility to serve Eastern North Carolina. U.S. 70 serves as an evacuation route during severe storms.

    Specific I-95 improvements are comprised of widening, interchange improvements and IT enhancements as follows:

    Widening two sections:

    • Widen I-95 to eight lanes from I-95 Business (Exit 56) to SR 1002 (Long Branch Road – Exit 71).
    • Widen I-95 to eight lanes from US 301 (Exit 22) to I-95 Business (Exit 40)
    • Interchange improvements at:
      • SR 1811 (Bud Hawkins Road – Exit 70)
      • SR 1001 (Long Branch Road – Exit 71)
      • SR 1793 (Pope Road – Exit 72)
      • US 421 (Exit 73)
      • SR 1808 (Jonesboro Road – Exit 75)
      • SR 1709 (Hodges Chapel Road – Exit 77)
    • IT enhancements that include:
      • Installation of fiber optic trunk line and microcell towers along the full 181-mile length of I-95 from the South Carolina border to the Virginia border.
      • Message signs with real-time information on driving conditions (time to port, flooding, accident ahead)
      • Support for connected/autonomous vehicle technology including Phase 1 technologies that are moving into new vehicles (2018 to 2020).
      • Fiber offers opportunities for schools, police, emergency response, economic development and NCDOT revenue opportunities.

    Specific U.S. 70 improvements are comprised of upgrades of two highway segments to freeway standard and IT enhancements as follows:

    Upgrade the U.S. 70 (Future I-42) corridor from I-40 to eastern terminus of the Havelock Bypass (STIP Project R-1015) to freeway in two places:

    • U.S. 70 from U.S. 70 Bypass East of Selma to Pondfield Road (STIP Project R-5829)
    • U.S. 70 from the proposed West Thurman Road/East Thurman Road Interchange (STIP Project R-5777B) to the Havelock Bypass (STIP Project R-1015)
    • IT enhancements that include the same features as described for I-95 above.

    Why Improve I-95 and U.S. 70 Together?  The ITS features included in the Project would facilitate detours when severe crashes close I-95 for hours at a time. The communications coverage provided with US70 and I-95 could easily be extended to include the southern portion of US 117 between I-40 and U.S. 70. Collectively, by wiring this “triangle” near the center of I-95 as it traverses the state, NCDOT has redundant capability and the ability to manage that capacity in real time using the IT enhancements as it responds to crash and natural hazard events.

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