SHEPHERDSVILLE - Motorists who use Beech Grove Road and must cross the Long Lick Creek bridge will have to find a new route to travel for the next nine months.
Beech Grove Road will be closed at the 5.5 mile marker beginning on Monday, Oct. 19, and will not reopen until next July.
According to Andrea Clifford, spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the bridge is being closed for safety reasons. The north abutment of the bridge has shifted after the embankment began to slide away.
"While we have plans to replace the bridge this year, we felt it necessary to go ahead and close the bridge now due to safety concerns," said Matt Bullock, chief district engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's District Five office.
"The recent heavy rains and high water in the creek have caused more movement in the slide," Bullock said in a release. "We decided not to wait until construction begins to close the structure to traffic."
Garrison Construction Co. of Greensburg will be the contractor for the $1.04 million project.
Construction will begin this fall and is scheduled for completion in July 2010.