Extended Closure of KY 408 East of Benton, KY Starts Monday, October 23

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans an extended closure of KY 408/Egners Ferry Road in Marshall County starting Monday, October 23, 2023.

KY 408/Egners Ferry Road will be closed for approximately 22 months immediately east of Benton between KY 1462/Benton-Birmingham Road and KY 1897/Olive-Hamlet Road to allow four bridges to be reconstructed.  Construction signage for the project is expected to go up in the next week.

The extended project includes demolition of old bridges and construction of four new bridges along the Clarks River Wildlife Refuge between KY 408 mile point 8.5 and 10.2.

Due to the number of bridges being replaced, the work will be completed in phases.  The project will replace the following bridges:

Johns River Overflow Bridge

Construction of new 111 ft. bridge at 8.823mm

Johns River Bridge

Construction of new 112 ft. beam bridge at 8.944mm

Clarks River Overflow Bridge

Construction of new 175 ft. box beam bridge at 9.345mm

Clarks River Bridge

Construction of a new 836 ft. rolled steel beam Bridge at 9.795mm

There will be a marked detour via U.S. 68 and KY 1462/Benton-Birmingham Road.  The detour adds 2.2 miles or approximately 4 minutes of travel time to the route.

Access will be maintained for a private entrance along the project area.

When the roadway is reopened the contractor will work with Clarks River Wildlife Refuge to create an improved public access point to the river along KY 408/Egners Ferry Road.

Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers is the prime contractor on this $9,123,987 group bridge construction project.  The target completion date is August 15, 2025.

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