Beams away

Construction of the widened U.S. 641 from the Clarks River Bridge at the south edge of Murray to the Kentucky-Tennessee state line at Hazel continues. Initial construction on this six-mile section of the new four-lane will have no impact on existing U.S. 641 traffic during the 2021 construction season and minimal impact on side roads, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said last week. The initial work includes culvert and bridge construction, and construction workers are seen here lowering one of several concrete beams by crane Tuesday afternoon onto the bridge in progress. The target completion date is the summer of 2023, KYTC said. Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers is the primary contractor on the highway widening project.