Interstate 295 and North Carolina Highway 295, also known as the Fayetteville Outer Loop, is a partially completed Interstate-grade planned 34-mile bypass around the western side of Fayetteville, NC. The extensive, multi-phase, $1 billion project (which commenced in 2003) is expected to be completed in 2026. The freeway improves connectivity between the US Army’s Fort Bragg and I-95, as well as providing a new commuter route between the base and the city of Fayetteville.
The under-construction loop has been described by community leaders as vital in improving regional mobility and reducing traffic congestion in the region. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is awarding design-build contracts on the project in phases.
Due to the compressible nature of the soils at the site, USW, a subsidiary of Menard Group USA, was contracted to provide wick drains for a proposed embankment in Phase 5 of the project.