A portion of Highway 225 West in Greenbrier was shut down Monday morning and will remain closed through mid-August.

During the closure, crews will work to replace the bridge and a box culvert along Highway 225 over Greenbrier Creek. The project cost $665,342.87 and is being constructed by Mobley Contractors, Inc. of Morrilton.

Arkansas Department of Transportation spokesman Danny Straessle said the project is expected to take up to six to eight weeks to complete.

“Work started today,” he told the Log Cabin Democrat on Monday. “Detours went up and the project should be complete by mid-August … about two or three days after school starts.”

Greenbrier Mayor Sammy Joe Hartwick expressed his concerns to ARDOT representatives regarding school traffic and bus routes. Following this conversation, ARDOT agreed to allow school buses to pass over the bridge prior to the project’s completion “because it will be safe to travel over at that time,” Straessle said.

While school traffic will be able to pass through the area in the days leading up to the project’s completion, the roadway will remain closed to all other traffic.

Hartwick previously told the Log Cabin that while the construction phase of this project will prove itself an inconvenience to motorists, detour routes are available and the bridge — located on Mountain Drive along Highway 225 West — will be safer.

The highway is shut down from Burkett Flat Road up to the bridge.

Residents and other motorists are able to use Wells and Garrett roads as a detour route. Motorists headed into Greenbrier from Shady Grove can use Sawrie Road and take Highway 25 to drive into town, Hartwick said.

Burkett Flatt Road will remain open throughout this project.