Cypress Creek Bridge reopens early to westbound traffic

Published 2:50 pm Tuesday, April 9, 2024

The Cypress Creek Bridge reopened to westbound daytime traffic on April 9 a full 3½ days ahead of schedule.

The Virginia Department of Transportation had announced last week that the bridge would be closed April 8-12 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. to remove the beams on three spans of the circa-1975 bridge that connects downtown Smithfield with the east end of town.

“We had a highly coordinated and efficient operations, and we were able to get all the beams removed and trucked in less than 2 days,” VDOT Area Construction Engineer Gautham Ramesh told town officials by email on April 9.

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The bridge has resumed the traffic pattern that began in January to facilitate the bridge’s nearly two-year rehabilitation. A single lane of the bridge remains open to westbound traffic. Eastbound traffic headed out of downtown is being detoured to the Route 10 Bypass at its intersection with Main Street.