Crews Begin Pouring Concrete on New Smithfield U.S. 70 Business/West Market Street Bridge in Johnston County Monday, February 25, 2013

RALEIGH — Crews began pouring concrete this morning on the three spans of the new bridge on U.S. 70 Business/West Market Street over the Neuse River in downtown Smithfield. Photos from this morning can be found here.

Pouring the concrete is the next step in the replacement of the bridge, which has been under construction since last fall. One span of the bridge will be poured at a time starting with the span closest to downtown Smithfield, followed by the span closest to West Smithfield and finishing with the middle span. The entire concrete pour is scheduled to be complete by mid-March, weather permitting.

Once the concrete pour is done, several items still need to take place before the new bridge is complete, such as constructing the approaches leading to each end of the bridge, paving the bridge surface and constructing railings. The new bridge is on schedule to open this spring.

The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $5.3 million contract to D.H. Griffin Construction Co. of Raleigh in March 2012 for the replacement of the 89-year-old bridge. Crews closed the original bridge to traffic on Sept. 25, 2012.

The contract includes plans to replace the five-lane bridge 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.

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