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MAJOR DETOUR: Travel not advised in southeastern, south central NC

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — Widespread flooding across the southern, central and eastern parts of North Carolina forced the closure of most of I-95 in the state.

That stretch of interstate is from Halifax County to Robeson County.

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“At this time no safe, stable or reliable route exists for the public to get to and from Wilmington,” the North Carolina Department of Transportation said on its website.

I-95 Southbound traffic from Virginia should use US-64 West (Exit 138) to I-540 West to I-40 West in Hickory to US-321 South to I-85 South in Gaston and Cleveland counties. 
Follow directions in South Carolina to re-access I-95.

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“Due to flooding motorists should not travel in areas south of US-264 and east of I-73/I-74,” NCDOT said.

Travel time:

  • 180-mile detour from Halifax County to Hickory.
  • 53 miles from Hickory to South Carolina border.
  • Total possible detour time: At least 8 hours.

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