Spanker Bridge work to be­gin Dec. 3

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Ben­ton County will close down Spanker Creek Bridge at 9 a.m. Dec. 3, for a com­plete re­place­ment.

Spanker Creek Bridge is lo­cated on Spanker Creek Road, just north of West McNelly Road.

Cur­rently, Spanker Creek Bridge’s ap­proaches are too short and the deck is too low, which causes washout and flood­ing any time there is heavy rain. This re­sults in dan­ger­ous con­di­tions for driv­ers and con­tin­ued re­pairs.

Ben­ton County will re­place the cur­rent Spanker Creek Bridge with a 100-foot-long struc­ture, which will in­crease the cur­rent length by about 50 feet. The plans in­clude rais­ing the bridge height and road­way ap­proaches to the bridge, which will re­sult in un­re­stricted flow dur­ing heavy rains and in­creased safety for driv­ers. This pro­ject to com­pletely re­place Spanker Creek Bridge is pri­mar­ily state funded with a cost-shar­ing grant.

Ben­ton County of­fi­cials en­cour­aged driv­ers who usu­ally travel over Spanker Creek Bridge to be­gin tak­ing de­tour routes now to ad­just for tim­ing. A map is in­cluded with de­tour routes high­lighted.

Ben­tonville Schools have rerouted all school bus routes and no bus times or stops are ex­pected to change as a re­sult of this clo­sure.

Ben­ton County awarded the pro­ject to Cross­land Heavy Con­struc­tion in late Septem­ber. The bridge is ex­pected to re­open in May 2019.

The Spanker Creek Bridge is part of the county’s five-year bridge re­place­ment plan, which also in­cludes Osage Creek, Cow Face Road, Robin­son Road, Coon Hol­low Road, Columbia Hol­low Road, Stoney Point Road and Honey Creek bridge.

For fur­ther Ben­ton County com­mu­ni­ca­tion needs, please con­tact Chan­ning Barker at 479721-3364 or Chan­ning. [email protected]­tonCoun­tyAR.gov.

Image pro­vided by Ben­ton County

Spanker Creek Bridge, marked with a cir­cle, will be closed start­ing 9 a.m. Dec. 3. Sug­gested al­ter­nate routes to McNelly Road are marked in red.

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