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Holly Springs Bypass Open For Commuters

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HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. — Frustrated commuters have been waiting since November 1999 for work to finish on the Holly Springs Bypass. The road, which opened Dec. 14, is designed to help Highway 55 commuters and to relieve traffic congestion in downtown Holly Springs.

The 5-mile-long Holly Springs bypass project cost $14.5 million and took three years to build. The 4-lane divided highway takes traffic away from the old two-lane Highway 55 through downtown Holly Springs.

While the bypass could be seen as good news for some motorists, others are not pleased.

Some business owners say with traffic bypassing downtown business is off. Many have complained there are not enough signs explaining the new traffic pattern.

"Right now, we need to get a couple signs up out on the bypass that say, 'Turn off here to get to downtown Holly Springs,' and we've already called and worked with the DOT to get that accomplished," Mayor Dick Sears said.

The bypass was supposed to be finished by Nov. 1. Contractors blamed bad weather and utility problems on the delay.

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