Hope Mills Bypass Finally Comes to Pass

Posted May 14, 2007

— 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.

Although Pittman said the opening is technically four months ahead of schedule, for local residents, its been years in the making.

"We started talking about it when I was a senior in high school," Hope Mills Mayor Eddie Dees said.

Much of the delay came from deciding where to locate the road, officials said. The idea would often lose momentum and get pushed down the DOT priority list, they said.

The state finally 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.

"We need to get some of that traffic off Main Street," Dees said. “I still don’t think it’s going to alleviate all the problems, but it’s going to help with school traffic because it does run right by (South View High School).”

But downtown merchants and area drivers are eager to see the road open.

“It will relieve the traffic problems, and you can get places quicker,” said Helen McLean, of Hope Mills Saw and Mower. “It’s a beautiful road.”

"I think (downtown traffic is) terrible," resident Sharon Hill said. "It's kind of dangerous, (with) lots of fender-benders."

Dees said N.C. 162 could also open new areas to development, which the town could then annex.


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  • southrnarchitect May 15, 2007

    Hey let me tell you a couple of things about raods in Fayetteville:

    New North Fayetteville bypass - first phase 50+ years in planning - approximately 6 years to build first phase. Second Phase - expected to be completed around 2030 - that is approximately 80 years.

    MKL or CBD - planning started in 50's first 3 miles constructed in the 70's with the final phase completed in the mid 90's.

    American Freeway - design and construction took so long the US Army Corp of engineers said build the road or we will.

    If these were in the Raleigh or Charlotte area they would have been done in no time. The state governement has not and still does not want Fayetteville to grow.

  • Nobody but Carolina May 15, 2007

    Hope Mills is about 7 miles south of Fayetteville.

  • icy148 May 15, 2007

    Where the heck is Hope Mills????

  • TheWB May 15, 2007

    Hope Mills isn't Raleigh or Charlotte that's why it is 30 years late and 12 years after the money was finally allocated. Our Reps. haven't done squat and let other areas of the state push them around. My question is, how long, as the mayor eluded to, before they clog the "by-pass" with development?

  • Nobody but Carolina May 15, 2007

    It hasn't taken 13 years to build this bypass. They simply awarded the contract in 1994. They actually didn't start work on the project until November 2004. Although I don't know why it took that long to start the project from when the contract was awarded.

  • usnn May 15, 2007

    13 years to build 4 miles. How embarrassing. The Empire State Building was built in a year.

  • Panther May 14, 2007

    It's about time!!!!!!!!!!

  • MarcG May 14, 2007

    Thirty years ago this project was proposed.??....and its JUST NOW getting readt to be a reality and be used...WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE???