Smithfield's Booker Dairy Road Water Main Extension

Water Main Extension Paves Way For Future Backbone Between Elevated Tanks

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) wanted to extend SR 1923 (Booker Dairy Road) from SR 1003 (Buffalo Road) to US 301 (Brightleaf Boulevard). The extension included widening Booker Dairy Road from Buffalo Road to Bradford Street, widening Ava Gardner Avenue (and renaming) from US 301 to its end, and constructing a new road section from Bradford Street to the end of existing Ava Gardner Avenue. The Town of Smithfield had to relocate its existing water mains located in the rights-of way along Booker Dairy Road and Ava Gardner Avenue within the project area. In addition, in order to address ongoing pressure issues along Booker Dairy Road, the Town needed to construct a waterline along the alignment of the new section of road to connect the relocated mains to create a loop between Buffalo Road and US 301. The Town also needed to add a parallel transmission main from the intersection of Ava Gardner and US 301 to the Jones Brothers elevated storage tank. This created a loop between Buffalo Road and the Jones Brothers tank that will ultimately be extended to West Smithfield in the future creating a backbone between two elevated tanks. The Wooten Company assisted the Town in the design of the water main improvements needed. Water line improvements included 12,800 feet of water main, which was mainly 16-inch in diameter, along the Booker Dairy Road Extension. The route included a 100’ Bore and Jack across US Highway 301. All improvements were designed in accordance with NCDOT and the Town of Smithfield standards. The Wooten Company provided design, NCDOT coordination, bidding and negotiation, construction administration and observation services.