I-95 washout sparks traffic shift near the Johnston-Harnett County line

RALEIGH, NC  – A roadway washout caused by Hurricane Matthew on I-95 south of Benson near the Johnston-Harnett County line will require a traffic shift on Thursday morning, Oct. 13.

N.C. Department of Transportation crews will install crossovers near mile marker 78 to shift traffic into a two-lane, two-way configuration on the northbound side of the interstate. This will require a short-term detour for I-95 southbound traffic through the town of Benson. The detour will be I-95 South to I-40 West to N.C. 242 toward Benson to U.S. 301 to Jonesboro Road and back to I-95.

Once the traffic shift on I-95 is installed, the work to repair the damaged roadway can begin. It will take at least three weeks to complete.

For more information about hurricane assistance in your area, call 211. The latest road conditions can be found by calling 511, or checking the the ReadyNC mobile app, which also has real-time shelter and evacuation information. For more information about Hurricane Matthew impacts and relief efforts, go to to ReadyNC.org or follow N.C. Emergency Management on Twitter and Facebook.