The existing bridge was originally constructed in 1941 and was considered structurally deficient, meaning it was safe to travel on but had reached the end of its useful life.
Conti was contracted to build a new structure that will last for the remainder of the 21st century.
Conti built a temporary, two-lane detour bridge adjacent to the existing structure that allowed travelers and commuters to cross the Eno River with no interruptions during the construction of the new bridge. The new bridge crossing the Eno along U.S. 70 Bypass features a 54-inch-tall concrete and metal railing, which will make the crossing along with the Eno much safer for bicycle traffic.
The newly constructed bridge is 27 feet longer, for a total of 265 feet, a foot wider, and is designed to accommodate a future greenway that could one day pass under the bridge.
North Carolina Department of Transportation