Montana Department of Transportation

MDT News


MISSOULA, Mont. (March 7, 2018)  – After a comprehensive process of
planning, design, and public involvement, the Russell Street Bridge
in Missoula is being fully reconstructed in April 2018. The Montana
Department of Transportation, in partnership with the City of
Missoula, is rolling out a completely new bridge over the Clark Fork
River and improving the roadway and connectivity from Broadway Street
to Dakota Street. The new bridge will be 2.5 times larger than the
existing structure and will feature numerous upgrades that benefit
drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. 

The Russell Street – Broadway
to Dakota project will have a significant impact in the Missoula
community, and as such, the Montana Department of Transportation will
be hosting an open house on Monday, March 19 from 3-7 p.m. at the
Salvation Army, located at 355 S Russell Street in Missoula. All are
welcome and encouraged to attend to learn more about the project, see
renderings, and review plans for traffic control – including public
transportation and trail connections. Team members from Montana
Department of Transportation will be on-hand to answer questions and
share how this project is creating new connections in the heart of

“We are looking forward to meeting with the community to
share our plans for the construction of the Russell Street Bridge –
Broadway to Dakota,” Bob Vosen, Missoula District Construction
Engineer said. “We have a design that is the result of tremendous
community partnership. That partnership has delivered a project that
truly enhances connection and creates a safer commute for all
Missoula residents, whether you’re driving, biking, or walking
through the area.”

This two-year, $29 million project will provide
two southbound and two northbound lanes with raised medians and
improved signal devices at Broadway Street to create a safer, more
efficient intersection. The current bridge was built in 1957 and the
design has since not kept pace with Missoula’s growing population and
high usage. To address these concerns, the project will deliver
significant upgrades including additional vehicle and bike lanes with
landscaping, expanded sidewalks, lighting and utility upgrades,
enhanced traffic control, trail connections and trail undercrossings.

To provide a safer roadway and better access for all types of
travelers, the project has been designed with careful consideration
given to the area’s high traffic volumes, crash history, and
increasing bicycle and pedestrian usage. 

The area’s aesthetic will
also significantly change with the construction of a 106-foot arched
and lit undercrossing beneath Russell Street near Dakota Street to
provide safer access for Milwaukee Trail users and to allow for more
continuous vehicle flow on Russell Street.  

An additional
undercrossing will be constructed on the south side of the Clark Fork
River providing pedestrian and cyclist access down to the riverfront
and to River Road under the Russell Street Bridge. This access point
will offer easier connections to the south Riverfront Trail system,
McCormick Park and the California Street Pedestrian Bridge. 

On the
north side of the Clark Fork River, the Montana Department of
Transportation will build a paved crossing under the Russell Street
Bridge to provide access on the east side of the bridge leading up to
Russell Street. There will also be a new staircase on the northwest
side of the bridge leading down to the Clark Fork River. 

and plans for designs, as well as project staff who designed these
features, and construction managers who will be building these
improvements will all be available for questions at the March 19 open

Stay in the Know
The public is encouraged to reach out with
any questions regarding the project. Further information may be
requested by calling the (406) 207-4484 project hotline during
regular business hours. Those looking for continual updates about the
Russell Street – Broadway to Dakota project are advised to sign up
for weekly email updates by emailing
SMS texting updates are also available by texting “RUSSELL” to 41411.
Regular updates will be sent once construction begins this spring to
those who have registered. Information is also available on the
project web page,, and will
be continually updated throughout the course of the project. Listen
for radio updates on Mountain Broadcasting (KMSO) 102.5 FM; The Blaze
(KBAZ) 96.3 FM; The Trail (KDTR) 103.3 FM; and Montana Public Radio
89.1 FM.