A new timetable has Highway 79 just north of Clarksville closing for a bridge replacement in late August.
The project originally was scheduled to have begun this month, but was delayed by flooding. State engineers and the contractor will have a pre-construction meeting next week and could decide upon a start date.
The project is expected to close the road at that point for more than three months. Clarksville has developed a marketing effort to encourage visitors from the north during the closure. The campaign is called “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” and kicked off during last weekend’s Sunflower Days festival.
Three other aging Highway 79 crossings are on the list for repair or replacement by 2018. Despite decreasing dollars, the state is proceeding with the projects because it considers Highway 79 a primary route.