U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
CORRIDORS OF THE FUTURE
CORRIDOR: Interstate 95 (I-95)
Applications Submitted by:
The I-95 Corridor Coalition and the Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia DOTs (5 states).
Corridors of the Future funding:
The 5 states propose reconstruction and expansion of a 1,054 mile stretch of I-95 from Florida to Washington, D.C. that will accommodate future demand, safety, and reliability. The projects proposed in the application submitted by the 5 states offer the potential for moderate to significant congestion reduction and mobility improvements along I-95 from Washington, D.C. to Florida.
The I-95 Corridor Coalition proposes Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) enhancements to optimize traffic operations along the corridor.
I-95 is a major north-south artery for tourist and freight traffic and carries people and goods into and out of states from Maine to Florida. I-95 also functions as a major connection to other interstate and primary highways such as Interstate 10, Interstate 20, Interstate 40, Interstate 64, and Interstate 85.
Beginning in 1956, the initial portion of I-95 was constructed. Sections will need substantial rehabilitation and/or reconstruction, including widening from four/six lanes to eight lanes, in the near future to accommodate increasing traffic volumes. Georgia has already widened or is widening most of its portion of I-95 to six lanes from four. In addition, nearly all the bridges along the corridor would require widening or total replacement.
The entire I-95 corridor is 1,917 miles long with approximately 1,040 miles traversing through urban areas. Among these 1,040 miles, over 60 percent is currently under heavy congestion. The average daily traffic in the entire corridor is over 72,000 with maximum daily traffic reaching as high as over 300,000. Average daily truck traffic is over 10,000 with maximum daily truck traffic reaching as high as over 31,000.
Without any further improvements to the corridor, the projected 2035 average daily traffic would be over 133,000, including over 20,000 trucks. In addition, virtually 100 percent of the urban segments would be under heavy congestion. Congestion for non-urban corridors would increase from the current 26 percent impacted to over 55 percent impacted.