Highway Patrol urges motorists to avoid US301 & I-95 completely in Robeson County

Lumberton, NC flooding - Submitted photo
Lumberton, NC flooding - Submitted photo

RALEIGH, NC (WBTW) –  The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is urging motorists to avoid US 301 and I-95 if at all possible in Robeson County. Currently, both northbound and southbound lanes of I-95 have been closed between Exit 13 (US 74/I-95 interchange) and Exit 56 (Cumberland County) due to flooding conditions.

US 301 south of Fayetteville is closed to all traffic with the exception of emergency vehicles and local residents.

Furthermore, motorists are being advised NOT to rely on their GPS to navigate in and around US 301 and I-95 as they travel into Robeson County. Relying on the GPS will result in the motoring public being re-routed to primary routes such as US 301and secondary routes that are inaccessible due to continuous flooding.

As a reminder the following detours are still in place:

Traffic traveling northbound on I-95 should use the following detour information

  • All northbound traffic will be required to exit onto US 74 west  (Exit 13) and travel westbound towards Laurinburg
  • Once on US 74, motorists will then travel towards US 15-501 north
  • Once on US 15-501, motorists will then travel to US 1 towards Sanford
  • Once on US 1, motorists will travel north to I-40 east until merging onto I-95

Traffic traveling southbound on I-95 from I-40 should use the following detour information. 

  • All southbound traffic will be required to exit off onto business I-95 (Exit 56) and travel toward NC 162
  • Motorist will then travel NC 162 toward US 401south
  • Once on US 401 south, motorist will travel US 401 TO US 74 east
  • Once on US 74 east, motorist will travel to exit for I-95 south

To avoid congestion on the provided detour route, motorist entering North Carolina from Virginia on I-95 are encouraged to use 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
  • Motorist will then travel US 1 south to US 501 south
  • Once on 501 south, travel toward US 74 east
  • Motorist will then travel US 74 east to I-95 south

Advance warning has been implemented with DOT message boards along the entire I-95 corridor to include DOT’s 511 system.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol cautions motorists to remember phrase “Turn Around Don’t Drown”. More importantly, do not drive through standing water since it’s impossible to know how deep the water is or how swiftly it could be moving. And finally, DO NOT drive around barriers, which are in place for your protection.

It is requested motorist do not call 911 or *HP (*47) for roadway information.  For updated information on road closures, please visit ReadyNC.org., the ReadyNC mobile app or call 511.