Store cut off by bridge construction

By By JOHN PFEIFER jpfeifer@paducahsun.com

L&K Foods owner James Brindley said he was just informed Wednesday that Ky. 937/Cutoff Road would be closed starting Monday for a 10-week project that he said could threaten his business.

"Summer business for us is tremendous," Brindley said, estimating lost sales at between $200,000 and 300,000 during the project, scheduled to run until Aug. 3.

"I don't know if we can survive the summer and stay open," Brindley said.

He said he was informed by a construction worker for Jim Smith Contracting who came in to the store Wednesday to buy something and asked Brindley if he knew the road would be closed starting Monday. He did not.

Brindley called Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd, who confirmed construction would begin next week.

"Our safety policy is that we provide 48 hours notice" before construction begins, Todd said. But he added he likes to give a full week's notice when traffic flow will be affected for a long period of time.

Flash flooding during July 2016 caused major transportation issues in Livingston County by taking out a culvert and damaging the Lee Creek Bridge along Ky. 937/Cutoff Road.

A temporary construction bridge was placed across the creek last August and now will be replaced with a permanent one.

Ky. 937/Cutoff Road will be closed at milepoint 0.874, and the new Lee Creek Bridge is expected to be ready for traffic by Aug. 3, in time for the start of school this fall. There will be a marked detour via Ky. 453 and U.S. 60.

Brindley said he'll determine if his business will stay open for the summer soon.

"We're going to try to stay open one more week and see what happens before deciding whether to stay open for the summer," he said. Brindley has owned L&K Foods for three years and has five employees.

Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers is the prime contractor on the $513,075 bridge replacement project.