THE FOLLOWING IS UPDATED INFORMATION:
On Thursday, Aug. 10, an N.C. Department of Transportation crew will begin assembling a crane over the Apex Barbecue Road bridge over Beaver Creek near Apex. The crane is needed to maneuver heavy equipment that will be used to add a support structure under the bridge.
The additional structure will continue to keep the bridge operating safely until NCDOT replaces it in 2018. With the additional work, the estimated completion date has been changed to Friday, Aug. 18. The previous estimate had been Aug. 15.
ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE SENT ON AUG. 3:
Apex - Maintenance repairs have required the N.C. Department of Transportation to close Apex Barbecue Road over Beaver Creek near Apex.
On Wednesday, Aug. 2, during a routine inspection, engineers identified immediate repairs that need to be made to make the bridge safe.
Motorists should use Olive Chapel and Kelly roads to go around the closure.
The bridge is expected to reopen in one to two weeks. More details about the closure can be found at DriveNC.gov, the department's webpage for real-time traffic information.
The NCDOT plans to replace the bridge in 2018.