On Friday, January, 16th, 2020, the N.C 59 bridge, which stretches over I-95 Business in Hope Mills partially opened, allowing for a new two-way traffic pattern. This improvement and expansion project, which was designed to help alleviate congestion, began in 2018 and isn’t expected to be fully completed until this fall. Here is what the Department of Transportation has been working on and what you can expect once the bridge is finished.

If you live or work in Hope Mills, you have probably noticed or been affected by the traffic jams that have plagued the N.C. 59 bridge, especially around the times schools release students. While the construction hasn’t exactly helped with these problems, the long-term plan is to open a wider, five lane bridge that will better accommodate heavy traffic.

As of the 16th, the new bridge is open and traffic is being shifted onto this new traffic pattern. At the same time, the northbound ramps, that allow drivers to enter and exit Business 95 North will be closed for two-three months as more improvements are made. The new bridge sits five feet higher than the original, which requires making some adjustments to the ramps. Workers will also use this time to improve the existing drainage system.

Drivers can expect new detours throughout the spring as final touches are made on the project. Eventually, the old bridge will be demolished and if everything continues as scheduled, the entire project will be wrapped up this fall and help traffic flow more freely.

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