Kelly Road Bridge Replacement Project in Apex Starts Monday Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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.

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