Crews to Begin Preparing for U.S. 70 Business/West Market Street Bridge Replacement Friday, August 31, 2012

RALEIGH — As August comes to a close, the N.C. Department of Transportation is making preparations to replace the bridge on U.S. 70 Business/West Market Street in downtown Smithfield over the Neuse River.

NCDOT is replacing the five-lane bridge that was constructed in 1923 with a new bridge that also includes five lanes, as well as a six-foot wide pedestrian walkway on the north side and a 10-foot wide multi-use path on the south side to accommodate bicycle and pedestrian traffic. For more information, visit the project website at

The bridge over the Neuse River is not scheduled to close to traffic until the night of September 25, weather permitting; however, crews with D.H. Griffin Construction Co. of Raleigh will begin setting up operations near the bridge on Tuesday, Sept. 4. This will enable crews to begin work as quickly and efficiently as possible once the bridge is closed. Crews will perform preconstruction tasks such as setting up work trailers and bringing in materials.

A $5.3 million contract was awarded to D.H. Griffin in March for the project. The bridge will be closed to traffic for approximately 240 days, or the equivalent of eight months. Please see the project website for more information on detour routes.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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Smithfield Neuse River Bridge Replacement

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