RALEIGH — Work is
scheduled to start Monday, April 14, on a $3.9 million N.C. Department of Transportation project to
replace the bridge over Beaver Creek on Kelly Road in Apex. The new structure
should be open to traffic by mid-November.
Kelly Road will remain open for local traffic on both sides of the
construction site, including the entrance to Olive Chapel Elementary School and
Kelly Road Park on the north side of the bridge and homes on both sides. During
construction, a signed detour will send drivers onto Olive Chapel Road and Apex
Barbecue Road. Message signs alerting area drivers about the pending closure
have been in place since late March.
The existing 45-year-old bridge is being replaced by a two-lane bridge
that will be higher than the current structure to deal with a flooding issue
that occurs during heavy rain. In
addition, it will provide roadway improvements on the approaches on both
sides of the bridge and include accommodations for a future greenway connector
under the bridge that will link Kelly Road Park to the Apex Nature Park.
The current bridge is considered structurally deficient and
functionally obsolete. Although still safe, it is in deteriorating condition,
and has posted limits that restrict the weight of vehicles that can use it,
creating longer routes for heavier commercial and emergency vehicles. The new
bridge will not have weight restrictions, and it will be built to current
design standards to better handle the rapidly increasing traffic in a
fast-growing section of Wake County. In 2003, the bridge averaged 6,500
vehicles a day, with the traffic figure projected to increase more than 300
percent to 20,000 vehicles per day by 2030.
This project is part of the department’s overall bridge program to
improve the condition of the state’s bridges to provide better access and
support economic growth.
This project is part of the department’s State-Funded
Bridge Improvement Program to improve the overall condition of the state’s
bridges. The department is investing $810 million over four years to
strategically perform preservation or rehabilitation work when possible,
although in this case it made more economic sense to replace the bridge because
of all the improvements the new structure will have.
For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in
North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.