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Posted on May 3, 2021

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Pike employees install utility poles at U.S. 64 and N.C. 581 in Spring Hope.

Troy Kay | For The Enterprise

Pike employees install utility poles at U.S. 64 and N.C. 581 in Spring Hope.

lkay@springhopeenterprise.com | 252-265-8117

SPRING HOPE — Once on of the darkest exits on U.S. 64, the main entrance into Spring Hope is now lit up like a football field.

Pike Electric installed six utility poles along N.C. 581 at the U.S. 64 exit last week.

Workers completed the job on behalf of Duke Energy and at the town of Spring Hope’s request, said Town Manager Jae Kim.

“It’s too dark coming into town,” Kim said. “We want people getting off the highway to feel safe. We want them to know there’s life in Spring Hope.”

The town plans to install wayfinding signs that will let travelers know about what Spring Hope has to offer.

“It will make a difference for people driving on 64 deciding whether to get off the highway at night,” said Allen Barbee, the Spring Hope Area Chamber of Commerce past president who campaigned for years to get the project approved and funded.

“Actually, my mother got the ball the rolling,” Barbee said.

Mable Barbee, who died in 2011, wrote a letter to state transportation officials asking for lights at the overpass so motorists could see clearer at night when using the highway’s on- and off-ramps.

After several starts and stops, the project was finally greenlit earlier this year.

It’s a happy coincidence the lights are being installed at the same time of the building of the new Bojangles at the same intersection, Kim said.

Duke Energy is paying for the installation, Kim said, and the town will pay the electric bill for the new lights.   

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