To improve mobility and interstate access to Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, Balfour Beatty in a design-build partnership with STV Engineers, is building a 6.1-mile section of the Fayetteville Outer Loop. Built in phases, the 6.1-mile section will eventually be part of a 39-mile fully controlled access highway in Cumberland and Robeson counties and will transform how people travel through the community, allowing for new areas to develop. The complete highway will also significantly reduce traffic congestion as roadways are linked throughout the state of North Carolina.
Within phase four of the Outer Loop, the project team is designing and building the section from Camden Road in western Cumberland County to I-95 in Robeson County, just south of the Green Springs Road overpass.
This 6.1-mile section of I-295 will include a major interchange at I-95, two minor interchanges at two-lane crossroads and three two-lane, grade-separated crossroad overpasses.
Balfour Beatty’s scope of work includes:
- Three million cubic yards of roadway embankment
- 215,000 tons of aggregate base
- 285,000 tons of asphalt paving
- A total of 14 bridges: five on the mainline, two on ramps over I-95, three over existing intersecting roads, two over an existing road and railroad and two over a creek
- Mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining walls at the abutments for 11 of the 14 bridges
- Bridge superstructures totaling approximately 126,000 square feet of deck surface supported on prestressed concrete girders
- Bridge substructures comprised of steel H-piles with cast-in-place concrete end bents, footings, columns and caps
- Guardrail, fencing, pavement markings, water and sewer utilities, traffic signals/ITS, traffic signs and seeding/landscaping
In addition to the original scope, the design-build team and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) have worked together to prioritize and progress work on the project. Through this partnership, the team collaboratively arrived at an additional solution to include widening I-95 between mile markers 37 and 40 into the I-295 project. This addition will significantly reduce the cost impacts of the right-of-way (ROW), advance the I-95 improvements, reduce congestion and improve safety on the roads.
While additions to the scope were made, the project also required the movement of two million yards of borrow from one side of I-95 to the other in northern Robeson County. The project team utilized an innovative conveyor system method to move the borrow over I-95, while significantly reducing traffic congestion impacts and improving safety for the traveling public and workers during construction. This solution allowed the borrow to be moved into position using off road dump trucks, removing over 130,000 truckloads from public roads and reducing the carbon footprint of the project to provide a safer, faster project delivery with minimal impact to the surrounding environment.
Balfour Beatty is currently self-performing over 70% of the work scope, including grading, roadway, drainage, traffic control and all structures - critical work elements that Balfour Beatty has been self-performing in North Carolina for 22 years.
The 6.1-mile section of the Outer Loop and the widening of I-95 from mile markers 37 to 40 are scheduled to be completed by 2024.