The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded a $283 million contract to widen an eight-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in northern Robeson County.
Webber LLC of The Woodlands, Texas, will widen the interstate from four to eight lanes between mile markers 29 and 37, the DOT said in a release.
The contractor also will reconstruct exits 31 and 33 and replace several overpasses with bridges that are higher, longer and wider, the release said. They are: Great Marsh Church Road, East McRainey Road, and East Parkton Tobermory Road.
The department said the project is needed to reduce congestion, plan for anticipated growth in traffic volumes and improve safety.
Work is expected to start this fall by adding temporary pavement to the shoulder and installing concrete barriers to create a safe work zone. The contractor will not reduce lanes, except at night, for the duration of the project, the DOT said.
The demolition of bridges or the installation of new bridge girders over the highway will require brief interstate closures at night, the release said.
The contractor has until the end of 2026 to complete the improvements.
This is one of four construction contracts underway to widen I-95 between Lumberton and Benson.