April 16, 2019


Crews have finished up the approach slabs to the bridges and are close to laying down asphalt. We’re on schedule to finish by end of May, weather pending!


March 25. 2019
Crews are working on the bridge deck and are building roadway approaches on both sides of the bridge. Next on the list is to finish site drainage and ditch paving as well this week.

  

March 18, 2019
 Beams and armor joints are set! Crews are beginning dirt work on the south side.

February 25, 2019
Crews have driven piles at the ends of the bridge and they are forming up abutments. Thanks to Bella Vista resident, Dylan Shaddox, for these drone pictures!



February 1, 2019

Concrete pour on piers completed were completed last weekend and now crews are working on the forming for the parapet rail.



January 24, 2019

Crews are cleaning out holes ahead of the concrete pour on the piers this Saturday. Next week, they are scheduled to begin shoulder work and move onto ditch paving on the northern end.
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January 8, 2019

Here’s a look at the last remnant of the original low water slab which had to be removed in preparation for the pier drillers. Drilling on the two middle bridge piers is scheduled for Thursday.






December 18, 2018

Crews will be excavating on both sides of the box culverts, cutting back and preparing ramps for the drilling machine to come in this week. We really do appreciate your patience during this vital bridge replacement.Image may contain: outdoor and nature
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December 10, 2018

Thank you so much for all your patience and understanding during this project. So far, crews have been clearing and grubbing, bringing materials on site and removing guardrail. This week, the team will be putting in the service road next to the bridge and finishing tree removal.
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December 2, 2018 


Tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. is closing day for Spanker Creek Bridge. Please make time for detours during this construction. Alternate routes are in red.
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November 28, 2018

Spanker Creek Bridge will close for replacement at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 3rd. We speak with Benton County Judge Barry Moehring and Benton County Engineer Josh Beam about the closure.

Check out the video here.


November 26, 2018

ONE WEEK! Are you one of the thousands of folks who cross over Spanker Creek Bridge every day? The bridge closes one week from today at 9:00 a.m. Please note other routes you can take and account for any time adjustments needed.





November 18, 2018

Benton County plans to completely replace Spanker Creek Bridge. During construction, the bridge will be closed and detoured routes will be necessary. We will close Spanker Creek Bridge completely at 9:00 a.m. on December 3, 2018. The work will be completed in May 2019. The closure may require you to alter your commute. To help you with that, please see the map with detours highlighted in red.

You may want to start taking the new route before the bridge closes to approximate for any travel time changes. As a reminder, Mercy Way at U.S. 71 is already a very busy intersection with the usual traffic. Other routes may add more mileage, but will hopefully keep you moving.

The new Spanker Creek Bridge will be 100 feet long, 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, optimal flow during heavy rains and increased safety for drivers.

This project to completely replace Spanker Creek Bridge is primarily state funded, thanks to a cost-sharing grant.

Our intention was to start construction in late spring but we’ve had to adjust that schedule due to delays in obtaining right of way for the new bridge.

Click here to see detour map.


November 14, 2018

SIGNS ARE UP! Spanker Creek Bridge will close on Monday, December 3rd at 9:00 a.m. The bridge will be open in May 2019. Please see detours in red and assess which will work for your family.


November 11, 2018

Spanker Creek Bridge, circled below, will be closing at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 3rd. The work will be completed in May 2019. The closure may require you to alter your commute. To help you with that, please see the map with detours highlighted in red.

You may want to start taking the new route before the bridge closes to approximate for any travel time changes. As a reminder, Mercy Way at U.S. 71 is already a very busy intersection with the usual traffic. Other routes may add more mileage, but will hopefully keep you moving.

The new Spanker Creek Bridge will be 100 feet long, 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, optimal flow during heavy rains and increased safety for drivers.

This project to completely replace Spanker Creek Bridge is primarily state funded, thanks to a cost-sharing grant.

Our intention was to start construction in late spring but we’ve had to adjust that schedule due to delays in obtaining right of way for the new bridge. Please visit Benton County’s Facebook page for more information.




November 4, 2018

Spanker Creek Bridge, and therefore a section of Spanker Road connecting to County Road 40, will be closed starting in on December 3rd at 9:00 a.m. Since this is a major project and we are completely replacing the bridge, we are anticipating this project will be ongoing until May 2019.

For other routes, Spanker Ridge will not be closed. However, we recommend taking another alternate route. Spanker Ridge is not designed to withstand that high volume of traffic and taking this road could damage it. We advise other routes highlighted in red that are designed to carry the estimated amount of vehicles.

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October 28, 2018

Benton County plans to completely replace Spanker Creek Bridge. During construction, the bridge will be closed and detoured routes will be necessary. We will close Spanker Creek Bridge completely at 9:00 a.m. on December 3, 2018. The work will be completed in May 2019. The closure may require you to alter your commute. To help you with that, please see the map with detours highlighted in red.

You may want to start taking the new route before the bridge closes to approximate for any travel time changes. As a reminder, Mercy Way at U.S. 71 is already a very busy intersection with the usual traffic. Other routes may add more mileage, but will hopefully keep you moving.

The new Spanker Creek Bridge will be 100 feet long, 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, optimal flow during heavy rains and increased safety for drivers.

This project to completely replace Spanker Creek Bridge is primarily state funded, thanks to a cost-sharing grant.

Our intention was to start construction in late spring but we’ve had to adjust that schedule due to delays in obtaining right of way for the new bridge.

Click here to see detour map.




October 21, 2018



Spanker Creek Bridge, and therefore a section of Spanker Road connecting to County Road 40, will be closed starting at 9:00 a.m. on December 3, 2018 due to a total bridge replacement. Since this is a major project, the bridge is scheduled to reopen in May 2019. Thank you for your patience.
Click here to see detour map.




August 13, 2018

Spanker Creek Bridge Update: If your daily commute includes crossing over Spanker Creek Bridge, be thinking about additional routes you can take starting in the fall. Try taking one of the multiple routes highlighted. Stay tuned for more specific timing details regarding closing. 




August 6, 2018

 Spanker Bridge will be closing for an extended period of time starting in the fall. We know this will impact you more than other Benton County residents if this is part of your daily commute. Please see some alternate route suggestions on the map to decide before the closure what route will work best for you. As a reminder, Mercy Way is an already congested intersection with U.S. 71. Even though it means a slightly longer distance, it could be more beneficial to take a route such as Jack Crabtree Road, to avoid that traffic.

There have been two major flooding events in the last two years, damaging Spanker Bridge, risking driver safety and causing road closures. Every time Benton County has to fix this, county tax dollars are paying for it. This project to completely replace Spanker Bridge is primarily state funded. The replacement is estimated to take up to nine months. Thanks for your patience during this project! Questions? Call Benton County Road Department: (479) 271-1052