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Bently roof raising to close Highway 395

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Silos are seen at the old Minden flour mill last year. The site will soon be the distillery at the Bently Heritage site. Highway 395 will close Monday while the roof structure is put back into place.
Jim Grant | The Record-Courier

A crane will raise the roof of the old mill silos at the Bently Heritage Distillery site 8- 10 a.m. Monday, closing Highway 395 in both directions at Buckeye Road.

The highway will be closed for about an hour near the construction site once the installation begins, according to Douglas County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Bernadette Smith. Traffic will be diverted on Highway 395 north and south of the construction site and signs will provide an alternative route.

Smith warned commuters to expect traffic delays in the area. Buckeye Road will close at Heybourne Road and traffic will be diverted starting at 9 a.m. into the Winhaven development.

“The plan to install the roof structure is contingent upon the wind conditions,” she said. “The closure is a precautionary measure.”

Built in 1906 in conjunction with the extension of the V&T Railway and the founding of the town of Minden, the mill appears on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Work to convert the mill and the neighboring Minden Butter Manufaturing Co. building into a distillery open to the public began in 2015 by owner Christopher Bently.

Construction on the project is expected to wrap up later this year, according to Bently officials.