I-95 closures remain in effect as flooding continues in North Carolina

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Update – Thursday, Oct. 13, 4 p.m.: I-95 South remains closed between exit 56 and exit 13, while I-95 North is still closed from exit 13 to exit 22 due to flooding from Hurricane Matthew.

As the North Carolina Department of Transportation reported, I-95 South near the 78 mile marker will be closed for at least three weeks because the road has washed out from flooding. NCDOT is shifting southbound traffic Thursday onto the northbound side of I-95 in this area with crossovers to create a two-lane, two-way highway. NCDOT will begin rerouting drivers from I-95 South to I-40 West to U.S. 301 to Jonesboro Road and back to I-95 South to get around the washout.

I-40 West from exit 341 to 334 remains closed until further notice, according to NCDOT’s latest update.

Update – Thursday, Oct. 13, 8 a.m.: Part of I-95 near the town of Benson, N.C., has been washed out due to flooding as a result of Hurricane Matthew, so the North Carolina Department of Transportation will be rerouting traffic through Benson to get around the washout. The detour will take travelers from I-95 South to I-40 West to U.S. 301 to Jonesboro Road and back to I-95 South.

In order to complete the detour, NCDOT will have to shift southbound traffic onto the northbound side of I-95 around mile marker 78 with crossovers to create a two-lane, two-way highway. Once the detour is in place, repair work can begin, NCDOT says, and the repairs will take at least three weeks to complete.

Update – Wednesday, Oct. 12, 4 p.m.: North Carolina’s most recent update Wednesday slightly amends the portions of I-95 that are still closed. NCDOT now reports I-95 South is closed between exit 56 and exit 13, and I-95 North is closed between exit 13 and exit 22.  I-40 West is still closed east of I-95 between exit 341 and exit 334.

Update – Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7 a.m.: The North Carolina Department of Transportation has reported that I-95 is still closed in the same locations as the previous two days. Both northbound and southbound lanes are closed from exit 73 to exit 58 and from exit 31 to exit 13. I-40 westbound is still closed in a three-mile stretch, too.

In addition to the alternate routes NCDOT suggests below, the agency is also recommending drivers coming into North Carolina on I-95 from Virginia take the following detour:

All southbound traffic from North Carolina/Virginia state line should travel south on I-95 to I-40 west. Once on I-40 west, travel west toward Sanford/US 1 south. Motorists will then travel US 1 south to US 501 south. Once on 501 south, travel toward US 74 east. Motorists will then travel US 74 east to I-95 south.

Update – Tuesday, Oct. 11, 3 p.m.: The North Carolina Department of Transportation has reported no changes in the condition of I-95. Both northbound and southbound lanes are closed from exit 73 to exit 58 and from exit 31 to exit 13. I-40 westbound is still closed in a three-mile stretch, too.

NCDOT is recommending southbound I-95 travelers take the following detour to get around the flooding: Take exit 138-B (US-64 West). Continue US-64 West to exit 419, I-440 West/US-1 South to US-501 South, turn left onto US-501 South, continue on US-501 South to re-access I-95.

It is also recommending the following route for northbound I-95 travelers: Take exit 1 to US-501 North and continue to US-1 North, follow US-1 North to US-64 East. Continue on US-64 East to I-440 East to exit 14 (US-64 East) and continue on US-64 East to re-access I-95.

Update – Tuesday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m.: Both directions of I-95 are still closed in two locations in North Carolina as of NCDOT’s 7 a.m. update Tuesday. The agency says the interstate is closed in both directions from exit 73 through exit 58, and from exit 31 through exit 13 due to flooding. I-40 westbound is also still closed between exits 341 and 334 between Newton Grove and Benson.

Update – Monday, Oct. 10, 4:30 p.m.: The North Carolina DOT says I-95 is still closed in several locations as of its 1 p.m. update Monday. The agency says the interstate is closed in both directions from exit 73 through exit 58, and from exit 31 through exit 13 due to flooding.

Additionally, I-40 westbound is closed between exit 341 and exit 334 between Newton Grove and Benson.

Original story follows:

Hurricane Matthew has dissipated out into the Atlantic Ocean as of Monday morning, but a few major highways remain closed due to flooding, debris and other damage.

Portions of I-95 in North Carolina remain closed because of flooding, according to the latest updates from the North Carolina DOT. Monday morning, NCDOT reported I-95 southbound from mile marker 73 to mile marker 58 was closed due to flooding, and Sunday night, the agency said I-95 in both directions was closed between mile marker 40 and mile marker 55. Sunday afternoon, NCDOT reported flood waters had closed I-95 southbound at exit 77.

South Carolina’s latest update, which was 6 p.m. Sunday, indicated all interstates were open throughout the state. There are still a number of state roads closed or blocked in the state, however, and a full list can be found here.

In Georgia, the mandatory evacuation has been lifted for everywhere except the barrier islands. I-95 and I-16 are both open in the state.

Florida, where the storm dumped rain and wind Friday morning before making landfall in South Carolina on Saturday, has only two road closures as of Monday morning – State Route A1A in Flagler Beach and State Route 206 in Crescent Beach.

North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida have issued emergency waivers suspending some trucking regulations.

 

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