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The N.C. Department of Transportation is continuing to make progress on the replacement of the Market Street bridge over the Neuse River in Downtown Smithfield.The new bridge is on schedule to be ready for traffic this spring, possibly in time for the Ham & Yam Festival in early May.

NCDOT closed the 89-year-old bridge to traffic on the night of Sept. 25. Demolition was complete in early November. The bridge's foundations and span supports were put in place in January, and crews have recently been pouring concrete for the bridge's roadway surface (see photo above).

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 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.

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