The August opening of the Raeford Road/U.S. Route 401 interchange is a milestone in Barnhill Construction’s 2.5-mile extension of Fayetteville, N.C.’s I-295 Outer Loop. Completed three months ahead of schedule, the interchange includes a 2,500-ft-long bridge with 293-ft-long girders. The $106-million design-build contract, which also includes completion of several bridges immediately south of the interchange, is scheduled to wrap up next summer. The new segment is the approximate halfway point in the state Dept. of Transportation’s multiphase program to create a 39-mile bypass around the city that will improve regional interstate connectivity and provide direct connections to I-95 from the city’s western areas and nearby Fort Bragg, one of the world’s largest military installations.