The NC Department of Transportation reopened NC 210 near Smithfield Wednesday after being closed to through traffic west of Smithfield since January. Crews with S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson had been working for the past 8 months replacing the bridges over Swift Creek and the Swift Creek Overflow.
Both bridges on N.C. 210 were constructed in 1934 and were classified as functionally obsolete, which means they were built to design standards that are no longer in use. The new bridges have been built to modern design standards.
During the project, crews replaced the bridge on N.C. 210 over Swift Creek first, followed by the bridge over the Swift Creek Overflow.
These replacements round out an overall $10.4 million express design-build contract awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. in 2013 to replace 12 bridges in Johnston County.
In addition to these two bridges on N.C. 210, the 10 other bridges in Johnston County replaced as part of this contract include bridges on N.C. 96, Juniper Church Road, Benson-Hardee Road, Old Stage Road, Eldridge Road, Bizzell Grove Church Road, Old Beulah Road, Micro Road and two on Shoeheel Road.