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Project Overview

The bridge is currently open to four lanes of traffic. Minor painting and cleanup operations will take place as the weather permits.

Crews will return in spring 2023 to conduct permanent striping and epoxy overlay operations.

The Montana Department of Transportation and Sletten Construction are rehabilitating Beartracks Bridge to make this a safer and more spacious bridge for everyone. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2020.

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The bridge is deteriorating. Rehabilitation is necessary to extend the life of the bridge. The deck concrete is distressed and needs to be replaced, the steel structure elements need repair and/or replacement, and the entire steel portion of the bridge needs a new protective coating of paint.

The bridge now carries far more bicyclists and pedestrians than can be comfortably accommodated. While the bridge is safe for use now, MDT has prioritized rehabilitation of the bridge so it remains in safe condition.

The Montana Department of Transportation, Federal Highways Administration and the City of Missoula are committed to good stewardship of the Higgins Avenue Bridge.

The bridge is safe to use, and is inspected every two years. The Higgins Avenue Bridge rehabilitation will make necessary improvements to the bridge long before it would become unsafe for the public to use.

Higgins Avenue Project construction phase 1

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Recommended Pedestrian Route

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