Thirty years after it was initially proposed, the Hope Mills Bypass is ready for its first traffic.
The four-mile N.C. Highway 162 is expected to open by the end of the month, after crews put the finishing touches on a leg between Camden Road and Legion Road, said Tracy Pittman, a state Department of Transportation spokeswoman in Cumberland County.
The state awarded the $24.6 million contract to build the highway in 1994. The four-lane, divided highway will link Bingham Drive to U.S. Highway 301, sweeping around downtown Hope Mills.
It's a bit hard to figure out exactly where the bypass will go, but it seems that it will run to the north of downtown Hope Mills, but won't connect directly to I-95. Also, Hope Mills is now home to two intra-city routes, as NC 59 serves as the main street through downtown.