Montana Department of Transportation

Property & Equipment

Historic Bridge Adoption

There are so many wonderful ways to use old historic bridges.

The Montana Department of Transportation is dedicated to preserving and interpreting sites across the state that document Montana’s exciting history. Old bridges can be found throughout the Big Sky Country, providing not only a link across rivers, but also a connection between the people who built them and those who came after.

Jon Axline’s book, Conveniences Sorely Needed: Montana’s Historic Highway Bridges 1860-1956, explores the forces that built Montana’s historic bridges and the structures’ importance to the communities they served.

Program Details

As Montana updates its transportation system, new bridges replace the old. The bridges they replace still have the structural capacity to carry bicycle and pedestrian traffic and some cars. MDT usually puts the old bridges up for adoption.

Adoptees may be eligible for a "Historic Preservation Grant" from MDT up to the estimated demolition costs.

Learn more


Contact MDT's Bridge Adoption Program Manager, , 406-444-6260 or the MDT Historian, at 406-444-6258.