Denmark Road will close Jan. 3.

City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann said city officials decided to wait until after the holidays to close the road for the scheduled improvements. Widening work began earlier this fall.

The road will close just east of St. Andrews and Denmark Road for bridge replacement and a mini roundabout at the intersection at the two roads.

Zimmermann said there have been many complaints about the intersection.

“The biggest problem is that the speed on Denmark Road makes it difficult for traffic at St. Andrews to flow on Denmark,” he said. “The roundabout will calm traffic at that location.”

Those who live in St. Andrews subdivision or west of the bridge will have access to Highway 50 through St. Andrews Drive. Those east of the bridge will have to use East Denmark Road to get to Highway 50.

Signs are posted alerting drivers of the closure, which is expected to be 90 days.

Once the bridge is replaced, two hills will be excavated to improve sight distance and improve the profile of the road. That work is expected to be done in the spring.

Once the humps are removed, the entire length of the roadway will be overlaid and striped.

The total project cost is $1,621,044.60. The improvements were part of the 2014-17 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) approved by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments in 2015.

This is the second phase of the Denmark Road project.

The first phase was completed in 2014 and included new 12-foot-wide lanes and shoulders from Prairie Dell Road to just east of St. Andrews Drive. The lanes and shoulders now are a total of 28 feet wide.

There also were 5-foot-wide sidewalks installed along that stretch of the road.