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November 2022

The Sportsman’s Bridge project has made significant progress since the last update. The bridge design is under final review, and Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) staff are negotiating right-of-way changes.

Permit applications, including hydraulics, geotechnical impacts, utilities, and environmental impacts, are being submitted in preparation for construction. The project is on track for construction to begin in Fall 2023; however, this is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as economic conditions, funding, and contractor availability.

As the project progresses, MDT will continue to perform routine maintenance on the existing bridge from time to time. Drivers should be mindful and watch for workers, crews, and signs when traveling through the area.

To learn more about Bigfork’s upcoming bridge projects - Sportsman’s Bridge and Bridge Street-Bigfork - and to get some bridge-themed goodies, visit MDT’s booth at Bigfork’s Holiday Art Walk [bigfork.org] on Saturday, November 19, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Bigfork Art & Cultural Center, 525 Electric Avenue, Bigfork.

If you have additional questions or comments, please do not hesitate to share them with us by emailing Sloane at sloane@bigskypublicrelations.com or calling the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours.

Big Forks holiday artwalk

July 2022

Pre-construction activities for the Sportsman’s Bridge project continue to move forward. The Montana Department of Transportation and its teams of specialized consultants recently conducted the 90% plan review. The findings, revisions, and recommendations that resulted are now being incorporated.

The team is also busy finalizing reports and preparing permit applications in pertinent areas, including hydraulics, geotechnical, utilities, and environmental impacts. Engineers are also finalizing the bridge and road plans.

As the project progresses, MDT will continue to perform routine maintenance on the existing bridge from time to time. Drivers should be mindful and watch for workers, crews, and signs when traveling through the area. If larger maintenance projects are planned, we will be sure to let you know.

Thank you to those who recently visited the Bigfork Bridge projects’ booth at the Bigfork Farmers’ Market. We will be at the market again on Wednesday, July 27, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Be sure to stop by to learn more about the projects and pick up a Sportsman’s Bridge goodie!

If you have additional questions or comments, please do not hesitate to share them with us by emailing Sloane at sloane@bigskypublicrelations.com or calling the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours.

April 2022

It is a busy time, and good progress is being made on the many elements and steps required for the design and pre-construction planning of building a new bridge over the Flathead River.

Many specialized contractors and MDT teams are hard at work on plans and reports and coordinating their findings in pertinent areas, including hydraulics, geotechnical impacts, right of way, utilities, and environmental impacts. Engineers also continue to work to finalize the bridge and road plans.

As the project progresses, MDT will continue to perform routine maintenance on the existing bridge from time to time. Drivers should be mindful and watch for workers, crews, and signs when traveling through the area.

On that note, next week is National Work Zone Awareness Week! This important annual event reminds us to slow down and use extra caution while traveling through work zones. For your safety and the safety of our hardworking construction crews, remember the three Ss of work zone safety: speed, space, and stress.

  • Speed: Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits.
  • Space: Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.
  • Stress: Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.

Lastly, look out for the Sportsman’s Bridge booth at local Bigfork events this summer. Stop by to learn more about the project and pick up a bridge-themed goodie.

If you have additional questions or comments, please do not hesitate to share them with us by emailing Sloane at sloane@bigskypublicrelations.com or calling the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours.

January 2022

Happy 2022! We hope you had a joyous and safe holiday season!

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is making progress on the Sportsman’s Bridge project that will replace the current bridge on MT Highway 82 that crosses the Flathead River with a brand-new bridge.

Engineers continue to work on the final road and bridge designs, and the utility survey is now complete. The team is using this information to coordinate plans with the utility companies. Preliminary right-of-way acquisition discussions have also begun.

As the project progresses, MDT will continue to perform routine maintenance on the existing bridge from time to time. Drivers should be mindful and watch for workers, crews, and signs when traveling through the area.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our Building Bridges in the Community holiday event last month. Bigfork’s generosity, as well as its care and concern for the community, was demonstrated by the multitude of donations to the Bigfork Food Bank and the many questions, comments, and concerns shared with the team regarding the Sportsman's Bridge and Bridge Street - Bigfork (https://www.mdt.mt.gov/pubinvolve/bigforkbridge/) projects.

If you were unable to attend or have additional questions or comments, please do not hesitate to share them with us by emailing Sloane at sloane@bigskypublicrelations.com or calling the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

December 2021

Welcome to the first quarterly Sportsman's Bridge project update.

The Sportsman's Bridge project on MT Highway 82, that crosses the Flathead River, continues to make headway. While recently traveling in the vicinity, you may have seen crews drilling on the project site. Engineers were conducting additional geotechnical survey work, gathering information about the physical characteristics of the soil and rock within the project. The project team is also finishing up the utility survey, and work continues to finalize road and bridge designs.

No maintenance is planned for the Sportsman's Bridge aside from regular pothole maintenance as the weather allows.

Join us on December 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sliter's Park, 291 Bridge Street, Bigfork, to "Build Bridges in the Community" this holiday season!

Pick up a bridge-themed goodie bag, learn more about the Sportsman's Bridge and Bridge Street Bridge projects, and donate a non-perishable food item to the Bigfork Food Bank. A donation is not required to receive a goodie bag.

If you have any questions or comments, please call 406-207-4484 or email Sloane at sloane@bigskypublicrelations.com.