Montana Department of Transportation

MDT Meetings and Events

Absarokee - Open House On Stillwater R Bridge Replacement



April 25, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE	

Lori Ryan, Public
Information Officer, (406) 444-6821, lryan@mt.gov

Montana Department
of Transportation Schedules Open House to Discuss Plan to Replace
Stillwater River Bridge Near Absarokee

ABSAROKEE ó The Montana
Department of Transportation (MDT) and Stillwater County have
scheduled an open house and presentation to discuss the plan to
replace the bridge over the Stillwater River about 2 miles northwest
of Absarokee. The bridge is located on Local Route 48249, also known
as Johnson Bridge Road. 

The meeting will be held in Absarokee on
Thursday, May 10, from 4 - 7 p.m. in the Great Room at the
Cobblestone School Community Center located at 203 S. Woodard Ave.
The presentation will start at 6 p.m. Project team members will be
available during the meeting to update the public on the bridge plan
as well as to describe how the publicís initial feedback was
incorporated into the project. 

The plan to replace the bridge
includes removing the existing truss bridge and building a new truss
bridge at the same location. Adjustments to the vertical alignment
will improve sight distance at the bridge approaches. The existing
bridge will be closed during construction. All traffic will be
detoured to alternate routes.

The purpose of this project is to
enhance safety by replacing the structurally deficient truss
structure with a new truss bridge that meets the needs of the county
and the community. As a part of this project, the Garrigus Ditch
structure north of the bridge will be replaced with a box culvert and
the 90-degree curve north of the bridge and ditch will be realigned
to better accommodate truck traffic.

The project is tentatively
scheduled for construction in 2020, depending on completion of all
project development activities and availability of funding. New
right-of-way and relocation of utilities may be required. MDT staff
will contact all affected landowners prior to doing performing work
on their land.	

For more information, please contact Billings
District Administrator Stefan Streeter at (406) 657-0268 or Project
Design Engineer Jeff Olsen at (406) 444 7610. Members of the public
may submit written comments to the Montana Department of
Transportation Billings office at P.O. Box 20437, Billings, MT 
59104-0437, or online at: 
 
www.mdt.mt.gov\mdt\comment_form.shtml

Please note that your comments are for project UPN 8670000.
Alternative accessible formats of this information will be provided
upon request by contacting Alice Flesch, Human Resources and
Occupational Safety Division, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, MT 59620;
(406) 444-9229; TTY (800) 335-7592; fax (406) 444-7243; or e-mail to
aflesch@mt.gov.