Crews Constructing Support Structure for New Smithfield U.S. 70 Business/West Market Street Bridge Thursday, December 13, 2012

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation is continuing to make progress on the replacement of the U.S. 70 Business/West Market Street bridge over the Neuse River in downtown Smithfield. The bridge is on schedule to open to traffic in the spring of 2013.

NCDOT closed the 89-year-old bridge to traffic on the night of Sept. 25. Demolition was complete in early November and crews have since worked on constructing the bridge’s support structure, which is made up of one end bent on each side of the bridge and two interior bents in the river. A bent is a structure that supports the load of the bridge.

In addition to constructing the support structure, crews have also started work on the approach slabs that will carry traffic from either side of the river onto the bridge spans. Rock slope protection areas that will protect the ground from erosion are also near completion on both sides of the river.

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.

For more information, as well as pictures of the bridge replacement, visit the project website.

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

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter.  Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.


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