Area residents frustrated with I-95 closures following Hurricane Matthew

BENSON, N.C. (WNCN) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation is working around the clock to repair roads across the state following Hurricane Matthew.

Click for more images of Matthew and its aftermath
Click for more images of Matthew and its aftermath

Parts of Interstate 95 from Benson to Fayetteville will be impacted this weekend.

The NCDOT said its closing a stretch of I-95 in Benson and another at the Johnston-Harnett County line to build a crossover that will allow traffic to be on the northbound side while still enabling crews to repair the southbound side.

The work started Thursday and is expected to be completed by Saturday. The crossover will be in place for at least three weeks, officials said.


Despite the signs, some drivers are still going around the barriers. Drivers call the detours a pain.

“It’s making us have to go all the way around and use more gas and it’s just a hassle,” said Mitchiel Duff, of Benson.

Others agreed.

“It’ll hold up a lot of traffic. A lot of people travel on 95,” said Benson resident Carolyne Leake.

For those headed out to the area, you may want to leave yourself extra time to deal with delays.

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