The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to accelerate the widening and improvements for 27 miles of Interstate 95 in Robeson and Cumberland counties.
That's thanks to a $22.5 million federal grant awarded this week,
It is the second major federal grant the NCDOT has received since the summer of 2018 to help fund major improvements along the I-95 corridor.
The Department of Transportation said Friday that the BUILD grant will improve mobility, safety and the resiliency of a section of I-95 that has been plagued by flooding in recent hurricanes.
It will help fund the widening of the interstate between mile markers 13 and 40 -- a 27-mile stretch from Lumberton to near Hope Mills.
In addition to the widening, the NCDOT plans to raise portions of I-95 in several low-lying areas that are vulnerable to floods; build higher bridges over the Lumber River, and install state-of-the-art flood monitoring technology to better monitor hurricane-evacuation routes.
The NCDOT plans to finalize construction plans in January.