RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to replace the bridge over the Neuse River on U.S. 70 Business in downtown Smithfield.
The $5.3 million contract was awarded to D.H. Griffin Construction Company of Raleigh. Work can begin as early as April 2, with final completion no later than Jan. 1, 2014. The bridge will be closed to traffic in September for no longer than eight months.
The contract includes plans to replace the current bridge with a new structure. To accommodate bicycle and pedestrian traffic in addition to vehicular traffic, the new bridge will have a six-foot wide pedestrian walkway on one side, and a 10-foot wide multi-use path on the other side.
Several signed detour routes will be in place while the bridge is closed. Traffic in downtown Smithfield heading west on U.S. 70 Business will take a right on Buffaloe Road, left on Booker Dairy Road (cross over the Neuse River) to U.S. 70 Business. Eastbound traffic will follow the reverse route. Other detour routes will be in place for through traffic including U.S. 70 through Selma, U.S. 301 and N.C. 210.
The existing bridge was built in 1924 and is deemed functionally obsolete. This does not mean the bridge is unsafe, but that its layout no longer meets current design standards for width, shoulders or rails.
This is one of 29 contracts totaling $167.9 million awarded by Conti this month for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The contracts awarded came in about 7.5 percent, or about $13.5 million, below NCDOT estimates.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 540 highway contracts totaling $3.9 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.
For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.
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Smithfield Neuse River Bridge Replacement