Crews Continuing to Make Progress on U.S. 70 Business/West Market Street Bridge in Smithfield Thursday, April 11, 2013

RALEIGH — Work is moving along at the site of the new U.S. 70 Business/West Market Street bridge over the Neuse River in downtown Smithfield.

Weather permitting, paving will begin tomorrow on both sides of the road leading up to the bridge. Crews will begin striping lanes along the project once paving is complete. Before the bridge can open to traffic later this spring, curbs and gutters must be completed along with guardrail and shoulder work.

All three spans of the bridge, as well as approaches connecting each end of the bridge to the road have been constructed. On the downtown side of the project, curb and gutter work is done and sidewalks have been constructed. Wheelchair ramps are also in place on each side of the bridge leading up to the pedestrian walkway and multi-use path.

Construction completed this week on the vertical rails separating the travel lanes from the pedestrian walkway and multiuse path. The outside rails for the bridge will be completed after the bridge has opened to traffic. Therefore, bicycle and pedestrian traffic will not be able to use the bridge immediately once the bridge has opened to vehicular traffic.

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 project 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 at www.ncdot.gov/projects/smithfieldneuseriverbridge.

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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