The current I-95 Business appeared in May 1978 (NCDOT) as a designation connecting the temporary ends of completed pieces of I-95 in the Fayetteville area. At the time of designation, it was 100% duplexed with US 301.
In April 1980, when I-95 was completed around Fayetteville, I-95 Bus was extended on both ends to meet where the new freeway tied in. I'm pretty sure that I-95 Bus between I-95 and US 301 in South Mills, as well as US 301 Eastover to I-95 were both posted as mainline I-95 prior to 1980.
I-95 Business is fully freeway north of the Cape Fear River. From Hope Mills to NC 87 is a mix of interchanges and at-grade intersections. NC 87 to the Cape Fear River is essentially a city boulevard.
I-95 Business is erroneously posted as I-95 Business Spur at the new NC 162 intersection.
I-95 Bus appears in Fayetteville
The other I-95 Business was also created in May 1978 (NCDOT), following US 301 from Kenly to Battleboro, then replacing SR 1522 west to I-95 at Gold Rock.
In Jan 1986 (NCDOT), I-95 Business was decommissioned. US 301 remained from Kenly to Battleboro, while the piece from Battleboro to Gold Rock became NC 4.
US 301 Kenly to Batleboro
I-95 Bus Kenly to Gold Rock
I-95 Bus removed
From my childhood in the 70s I didn't recall I-95 Business being posted in Fayetteville prior to I-95 opening but I could be wrong. I also believe I remember seeing I-95 TEMP postings in Wilson along US 301, which had mile markers that began at Kenly.
For a time in the 1980s, there used to be signs on I-95 approaching both of its business loops with a summary of how many gas stations, hotels, and restaurants you could find along the business loops.
Last Update: 6 December 2013