K-9 closes at 4 p.m. on Monday and will remain closed through early September 2012. This intersection reconstruction work is part of the US-77 Big Blue River bridge replacement project in Marshall County.
Eastbound and westbound K-9 will be closed from the city of Frankfort to the US-77 junction to ALL through traffic. Access will be maintained for local traffic only on the closed portion of K-9. A 48-mile marked detour on state highways will be provided. Advance message boards will alert drivers to the K-9 roadway closure. Drivers must use alternate routes during the roadway closure.
In early August 2011, the bridge replacement project began on US-77 over the Big Blue River located one-half mile east of the city of Blue Rapids in Marshall County. The new bridge and realigned US-77 roadway are being built just east of the existing bridge and highway, along with the portion of K-9 that will be realigned to tie into the new roadway.
The new US-77 bridge will be 40-foot wide, with two 12-foot lanes and 8-foot shoulders, providing more room for today’s wider vehicles and it will have shorter bridge railings as well. In addition, project work includes a deceleration lane for northbound drivers turning east onto K-9 and an acceleration lane for eastbound drivers on K-9 turning north onto US-77.
The new US-77 Bridge is scheduled to open to all traffic in mid-September 2012. The old bridge is scheduled to be demolished in November 2012. Overall project work is scheduled to be completed in late December 2012, weather permitting.