North Carolina’s governor has announced that Interstate 95 has been reopened to all traffic within the state.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced the surprise development Sunday night in a news release.

The major highway runs north-south across the eastern part of the state and runs just east of Fayetteville. Officials had thought portions of the highway would continue to be underwater for days, but Cooper said floodwaters had receded faster than expected.

Parts of the highway had been closed since Sept. 15 due to Hurricane Florence.