Demolition of U.S. 70 Business/West Market Street Bridge in Downtown Smithfield Complete Thursday, November 8, 2012

RALEIGH — Crews with Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy have completed demolition of all six spans of the U.S. 70 Business/West Market Street bridge over the Neuse River in downtown Smithfield.

The N.C. Department of Transportation closed the 89-year-old bridge on Sept. 25 for replacement. The bridge will be closed to traffic for approximately eight months, and is on schedule to open in spring of 2013.

A $5.3 million contract was awarded to D.H. Griffin Construction Co. of Raleigh in March for the project, which includes 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.

Smith-Rowe LLC, the subcontractor hired to demolish the bridge, will remove the wall on the west bank of the Neuse River tomorrow and into this weekend, as well as remove all concrete and debris from the bridge site next week.

Construction of the new bridge has already begun. Crews with D.H. Griffin Construction Co. have driven piles on both sides of the river that will be part of the bridge’s support structure. Starting next week, McKinney Drilling Co. of Kernersville, the subcontractor hired for drilling, will begin drilling shafts that will also support the bridge.

For more information, as well as pictures of the demolition and construction progress, visit the project website.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

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