A new segment of I-295 is open near Hope Mills, from Parkton Road to Black Bridge Road.

Another section of Interstate 295 – the Fayetteville Outer Loop – has opened, connecting from Parkton to Hope Mills.

The section of the freeway connects Exit 2 at Parkton Road to Exit 4 at Black Bridge Road, according to the NC Department of Transportation.

“Exit 4 is in Cumberland County, and its construction included a realignment of Old Plank Road. Exit 2 is at the Cumberland-Robeson County border, where Parkton Road becomes Leeper Road.”

Eventually, the full 39-mile outer loop will help provide a direct connection for Fort Bragg to I-95.

“The Fayetteville Outer Loop is critical for the region,” the NC DOT project page says. “It will help support the military, promote continued economic growth, and strengthen North Carolina’s ability to attract and retain business and industry.”

While the segment does not currently connect to the other sections of I-295, it will before long.

“The newly opened segment is part of a larger goal to complete the outer loop in western Fayetteville and widen I-95 from four lanes to eight lanes between mile markers 37-41.”

NC DOT expects the interchange at Camden Road, and another at I-95 south of Green Springs Road, will be completed by the summer of 2024. The Outer Loop section from north of Camden Road to Raeford Road is expected to be completed in the summer of 2026. That will complete the entire 39-mile route.