Stretch of Highway 166 closed for rest of year

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ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (KAKE) -

The construction project to replace a bridge on U.S. 166 over the Arkansas River is expected to be completed between November 2019 and March 2020.

The bridge is about five miles east of the Cowley/Sumner county line and located west of Arkansas City.

"It was a very narrow bridge and we're widening it, making it much larger. Demolishing the bridge and replacing it with one that is much more sufficient for traffic," said AJ Wilson, Area 3 engineer for the Kansas Department of Transportation.

KDOT closed the bridge in November 2018 to begin the construction project.

"I think it'll be great," said Patrick Rogers, who used to ride his motorcycle on that stretch of the road. "It'll be nice to have it fixed up."

KDOT has installed various detour signs on I-35 and within Arkansas City.

People who are driving north on I-35, can exit into South Haven, head north to Wellington, proceed east to Winfield, and then south to Arkansas City.

"It turns into about almost a 30 minute drive just out of the way, but they made a lot of progress pretty quickly," said Garrod Blenden, Arkansas City driver.The project cost $6,368,390.

To learn more about the project, click here.