Motorists should begin to plan alternative routes because of an upcoming closing of a major roadway in Carroll County.

A bridge replacement project at Locust Creek will close KY 36 between Milton and Carrollton beginning March 1, but work will begin in February to move utilities from the area to prepare for construction, Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson said.

"We've been trying to get something done with that bridge" for the past 20 or more years, Tomlinson said.

The area has been the site of many accidents throughout the years, he said, and many people have complained because of the narrow bridge. The bridge also shows signs of deterioration as well.

"The new bridge will replace a functionally obsolete bridge," Rob Hans, chief district engineer for the Department of Highways District 6, said in a release. "This in turn will provide safer passage for the people in Carroll County and all those who travel along KY 36."

The new bridge will have three spans and will be 231 feet long with the approaches, a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet news release said. The south approach to the bridge will be reconfigured for better sight distance, which will improve safety for traffic.

Work around the Locust Creek bridge will begin Feb. 4. The road will be closed to through traffic from March 1 to June 1. The entire project is expected to be completed by June 30, the release said.

A signed detour will be in place during the closure of the bridge. From Carrollton, motorists will be directed from KY 36 to KY 42, then to U.S. 421 and back to KY 36.

Judy Construction Company of Cynthiana was awarded the low-bid contract of $2.6 million. The project is funded by the state.