The N.C. Department of Transportation
has scheduled the closure of a section of N.C. 210 near Smithfield in Johnston County to begin on January 5, 2015, weather permitting. The closure will be in place for approximately eight months. The closure is necessary for crews with S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson to replace two bridges over Swift Creek and the Swift Creek overflow. Both bridges were constructed in 1934 and are classified as Functionally Obsolete, which means they were built to design standards that are no longer in use. The new bridges will be built to modern design standards.During the closure, through traffic on N.C. 210 will use U.S. 70 Business/Market Street, Swift Creek Road and Cleveland Road as a detour route around the closure. Local traffic will be able to use N.C. 210, but will not be able to cross the bridges. Message boards will be put in place near the intersection of N.C. 210 and U.S. 70 Business/Market Street, and at the intersection of N.C. 210 and Swift Creek Road to alert traffic of the upcoming closure. These replacements are part of a $10.4 million express design-build contract awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. in 2013 to replace 12 bridges in Johnston County with new bridges by late 2015. To date, nine of the 12 bridges in Johnston County have been replaced, including bridges on N.C. 96, Juniper Church Road, Benson-Hardee Road, Old Stage Road, Eldridge Road, Bizzell Grove Church Road, Old Beulah Road and two on Shoeheel Road. A bridge on Micro Road is currently under construction and is expected to open in mid-April, weather permitting. Express design-build allows construction to go from zero to completion in less time for each bridge. This is more efficient than traditional design-build for less complex projects. The express design-build method allows the design, environmental permitting, utility relocation and construction to take place at the same time, under one contract. This method reduces overall construction time, helps the department avoid cost inflation, allows the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money, lessen environmental impact and alleviate driving delays for motorists. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. 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, visit the Travel section of the NCDOT website, call 511, or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website.