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.

As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.
Smithfield is a North Carolina Main Street Community, designated by the NC Department of Commerce and Main Street & Rural Planning Center.  The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is charged with administering the program at the local level and building a public-private partnership to spur economic development in partnership with the state agency. 
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