Montana Department of Transportation

Malcolm “Mack” Long, Director

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Higgins Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation

Weekly Updates

September 27 - October 1, 2021

  • Concrete work is progressing on the east side of Beartracks Bridge in Missoula. Crews formed some curb and supports for the hand and guardrails last week; this work will continue into the week of September 27.
  • Installation of expansion joints and removal of deck forms will also take place. Expansion joints prevent the concrete from cracking, allowing it to expand and contract as weather conditions change.
  • The Beartracks Bridge temporary weight limit has been increased to 21 tons. The new weight restriction will remain in place until repairs to structural supports are completed. MDT is working with Sletten Construction to determine an appropriate repair schedule. All vehicles more than 21 tons will need to take alternate routes. Digital message boards have been replaced with hard-sided road signs to provide advance warning of the weight limit and indicate alternate routes for overweight vehicles.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 6. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please email Kristine at kristine@bigskypublicrelations.com. Our project hotline is also open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM at 406-207-4484. We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

Previous Updates

September 20-24, 2021

  • Concrete work is progressing on the east side of Beartracks Bridge.
  • Crews will be forming curb and moment slab the week of September 20. Moment slab is the section of concrete that will support the bridge guardrail. Expansion joint installation will continue this week as well. Expansion joints prevent the concrete from cracking as it allows room for the concrete to expand and contract as weather conditions change.
  • The Beartracks Bridge temporary weight limit has been increased to 21 tons. The new weight restriction will remain in place until repairs to structural supports are completed. MDT is working with Sletten Construction to determine an appropriate repair schedule. All vehicles more than 21 tons will need to take alternate routes. Digital message boards have been replaced with hard-sided road signs to provide advance warning of the weight limit and indicate alternate routes for overweight vehicles.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 6. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please email Kristine at kristine@bigskypublicrelations.com. Our project hotline is also open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM at 406-207-4484. We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

September 13-17, 2021

  • Concrete work continues on the east side of Beartracks Bridge.
  • Crews will pour several concrete bridge sections on Tuesday, September 14. The pour is scheduled to begin at 3:30 a.m. Minimal noise impacts are possible while this work is completed. No traffic impacts are anticipated.
  • Concrete curbing will also be poured this week. Once the curb work is complete, crews will begin handrail installation on the east side shared-use path.
  • The Beartracks Bridge temporary weight limit has been increased to 21 tons. The new weight restriction will remain in place until repairs to structural supports are completed. MDT is working with Sletten Construction to determine an appropriate repair schedule. All vehicles more than 21 tons will need to take alternate routes. Digital message boards have been replaced with hard-sided road signs to provide advance warning of the weight limit and indicate alternate routes for overweight vehicles.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 6. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please email Kristine at kristine@bigskypublicrelations.com. Our project hotline is also open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM at 406-207-4484. We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

September 6-10, 2021

  • Concrete work is moving forward on the east side of Beartracks Bridge.
  • Work will pause on Monday, September 6, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.
  • Crews will be pouring additional sections of the bridge deck on Wednesday, September 8. The pour is scheduled to begin at 3:00 a.m. and completed by 10:00 a.m. A brief, early-morning closure of Carousel Drive may be necessary while this work is completed.
  • Expansion joints are being added as the concrete work progresses. Concrete expands and contracts under a variety of conditions. Expansion joints allow the concrete space to move without cracking.
  • The Beartracks Bridge temporary weight limit has been increased to 21 tons. The new weight restriction will remain in place until repairs to structural supports are completed. MDT is working with Sletten Construction to determine an appropriate repair schedule. All vehicles more than 21 tons will need to take alternate routes. Digital message boards have been replaced with hard-sided road signs to provide advance warning of the weight limit and indicate alternate routes for overweight vehicles.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 6. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please email Kristine at kristine@bigskypublicrelations.com. Our project hotline is also open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM at 406-207-4484. We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

August 30 – September 3, 2021

  • Construction continues on the east side of Beartracks Bridge.
  • Rebar work is wrapping up and crews will be pouring concrete bridge deck sections throughout the next couple of weeks. Minimal noise impacts may be expected while the concrete work is completed. No traffic impacts are anticipated.
  • The Beartracks Bridge temporary weight limit has been increased to 21 tons. The new weight restriction will remain in place until repairs to structural supports are completed. MDT is working with Sletten Construction to determine an appropriate repair schedule. All vehicles more than 21 tons will need to take alternate routes. Digital message boards have been replaced with hard-sided road signs to provide advance warning of the weight limit and indicate alternate routes for overweight vehicles.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 1. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please email Kristine at kristine@bigskypublicrelations.com. Our project hotline is also open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM at 406-207-4484. We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

August 23-27, 2021

  • The temporary weight limit on Beartracks Bridge has been increased to 21 tons. Extensive analysis of several bridge components provided the information necessary for MDT to feel confident in raising the load rating. The new weight restriction will remain in place until repairs to structural supports are completed. MDT is working with Sletten Construction to determine an appropriate repair schedule.
  • The increased weight limit will allow Mountain Line to resume routes across the bridge and will open traffic to other vehicles that previously exceeded the ten-ton weight restriction. All vehicles weighing more than 21 tons will need to take alternate routes.
  • Construction is progressing on the east side of the bridge. Crews continue to set forms in preparation for pouring the concrete bridge deck. Concrete will be poured on a south section of the bridge toward the end of the week. The pour is scheduled to begin at 4:00 a.m. and will take approximately 5 hours. No traffic impacts are anticipated. Minimal noise impacts may be expected.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 1. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please email Kristine at kristine@bigskypublicrelations.com. Our project hotline is also open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM at 406-207-4484. We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

August 16-20, 2021

  • Crews will be pouring concrete this week on two segments of the east side of Beartracks Bridge. Concrete pours will take place on Thursday, August 19 in the early morning hours. Minor noise impacts are possible while this work is completed. No major traffic impacts are anticipated.
  • Setting of additional concrete deck forms and rebar placement and tying will continue throughout the week.
  • A temporary weight restriction remains for travel on the west side of the bridge. All vehicles weighing more than ten tons must take alternate routes. Message boards are in place to indicate detour routes. The bridge remains safe and is open to pedestrians, cyclists, and any vehicles weighing less than ten tons.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 1. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please email Kristine at kristine@bigskypublicrelations.com. Our project hotline is also open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM at 406-207-4484. We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

August 9-13, 2021

  • Crews are setting forms on the east side of Beartracks Bridge in preparation for pouring the concrete bridge deck. Steel beams will be installed on Wednesday, August 11. Large equipment necessary to set the beams may cause some pedestrian delays on Ron’s River Trail while this work is completed.
  • Rebar is being set and tied and work on the substructure will also take place in the coming week. The substructure is the base of the bridge that supports the road above.
  • A temporary weight restriction remains for travel on the west side of the bridge. All vehicles weighing more than ten tons must take alternate routes. Message boards are in place to indicate detour routes. The bridge remains safe and is open to pedestrians, cyclists, and any vehicles weighing less than ten tons.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 11. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please email Kristine at kristine@bigskypublicrelations.com. Our project hotline is also open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM at 406-207-4484. We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

August 2-6, 2021

  • Progress on the east side of Beartracks Bridge continues with the setting of deck forms. These forms are being placed in preparation for pouring the concrete bridge deck. The bridge deck is the surface of the bridge, or the structural element that supports the roadway.
  • During the demolition of the east side of the old bridge deck, shallow cuts were inadvertently made into the existing girders. Bridge girders are long steel beams that support the bridge deck. Repairs were made to the cuts, however, inspections indicated that the repairs may not be appropriate for this bridge. The project team has requested additional inspections of several aspects of the bridge to assess the need for repairs. Fickett Structural Solutions has been conducting non-destructive ultrasound inspections to evaluate the bridge girders. Inspections of all aspects of the bridge are wrapping up and analysis of the findings will begin. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
  • A temporary weight restriction remains for travel on the west side of the bridge. All vehicles weighing more than ten tons must take alternate routes. Message boards are in place to indicate detour routes. The bridge remains safe and is open to pedestrians, cyclists, and any vehicles weighing less than ten tons.
  • In the heat of the day, the surface of the bridge walkway can become extremely hot. A white surface section has been painted on the shared-use path. This section has consistently remained much cooler than the rest of the walkway and is the best place for animals and bare feet. This temporary solution is in place while the project team explores a more permanent solution. Pedestrians are encouraged to continue to be careful when crossing the bridge on hot sunny days.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 11. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please email Kristine at kristine@bigskypublicrelations.com. Our project hotline is also open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM at 406-207-4484. We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

July 26-30, 2021

  • Demolition continues on the last few sections of the bridge’s east side, nearest to Carousel Drive. Forms are being placed in preparation for pouring the new concrete bridge deck.
  • A temporary weight restriction remains for travel on the west side of the bridge. All vehicles weighing more than ten tons must take alternate routes. Message boards are in place to indicate detour routes. This is being done in an overabundance of caution while further analysis is conducted. The bridge remains safe and is open to pedestrians, cyclists, and any vehicles weighing less than ten tons.
  • The Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is often posted on the vehicle (such as the door jamb) or listed in the owner manual. For trailers, the GVW might be shown on a plaque near the tongue. The posted GVW limit of ten tons includes the combined weight of the vehicle and any trailers it may be hauling. Most standard passenger vehicles fall well below the ten-ton weight limit.
  • In the heat of the day, the surface of the bridge walkway can become extremely hot. A white surface section has been painted on the shared-use path. This section has consistently remained much cooler than the rest of the walkway and is the best place for animals and bare feet. This temporary solution is in place while the project team explores a more permanent solution. Pedestrians are encouraged to continue to be careful when crossing the bridge on hot sunny days.
  • The spring and summer months are a wonderful time to explore Downtown Missoula and many downtown events will be starting up again this year. While Higgins Avenue Bridge and some areas of Caras Park are under construction, eventgoers, trail users, and carousel riders are encouraged to utilize parking structures and walk to various downtown activities.
  • Parking structures are located just a short walk from many events, trails, and activities. Utilizing bus services and biking are also great ways to get around downtown and avoid parking limitations and congestion. If you have questions about parking structure locations, fees, or other general parking inquiries, please contact the Missoula Parking Commission at 406-552-6250.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 11. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • MDT and Sletten remain committed to completing the bridge construction as scheduled.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please email Kristine at kristine@bigskypublicrelations.com. Our project hotline is also open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM at 406-207-4484. We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

July 19-23, 2021

  • Crews are continuing with the last of the demolition of the existing bridge deck and beams are being placed.
  • Jacking is also taking place on the east side of the bridge. Jacking involves lifting the bridge superstructure. A bridge superstructure supports the surface of the bridge. Once the superstructure is lifted, the bearing plates that hold up the bridge will be replaced, and the superstructure will be lowered back into place.
  • A temporary weight restriction is in place on the west side of the bridge. All vehicles weighing more than ten tons must take alternate routes. Message boards are in place to indicate detour routes. This is being done in an overabundance of caution while inspections are being conducted. The bridge remains safe and is open to pedestrians, cyclists, and any vehicle weighing less than ten tons.
  • Most standard passenger vehicles do not come close to the ten-ton weight limit. The graphic below illustrates the average weight of several vehicle types. As a reminder, two thousand pounds equals one ton.
  • Weights by car tyope
  • The Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is often posted on the vehicle (such as the door jam) or listed in the owner manual. For trailers, the GVW might be shown on a plaque near the tongue. The posted GVW limit of 10 tons includes the combined weight of the vehicle and any trailers it may be hauling.
  • In the heat of the day, the surface of the bridge walkway can become extremely hot. A white surface section has been painted on the shared-use path. This section has consistently remained much cooler than the rest of the walkway and is the best place for animals and bare feet. Pedestrians are encouraged to continue to be careful when crossing the bridge on hot sunny days.
  • The spring and summer months are a wonderful time to explore Downtown Missoula and many downtown events will be starting up again this year. While construction is happening on the Higgins Ave Bridge and in some areas of Caras Park, eventgoers, trail users, and carousel riders are encouraged to utilize parking structures and walk to various downtown activities.
  • Parking structures are located just a short walk from many events, trails, and activities. Utilizing bus services and biking are also great ways to get around downtown and avoid parking limitations and congestion. If you have questions about parking structure locations, fees, or other general parking inquiries, please contact the Missoula Parking Commission at 406-552-6250.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 11. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • MDT and Sletten remain committed to completing the bridge construction as scheduled.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please email Kristine at kristine@bigskypublicrelations.com. Our project hotline is also open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM at 406-207-4484. We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

July 12-16, 2021

  • Demolition work on the east side of Beartracks bridge is nearly complete. Crews will be cleaning up rubble below the bridge for the next couple of weeks.
  • Beams are being set on the south end of the bridge. This work will be ongoing for the next couple of weeks as crews continue northward.
  • Hand chipping is taking place as a final step in the removal of the old bridge deck. Demolition of the existing bridge deck was completed with large machinery. Once the majority of the bridge deck is removed, crews use smaller tools to remove the small amount of remaining concrete from the top of the beams.
  • In the heat of the day, the surface of the bridge walkway can become extremely hot. A white surface section has been painted on the shared-use path. This section has consistently remained much cooler than the rest of the walkway and is the best place for animals and bare feet. Pedestrians are encouraged to continue to be careful when crossing the bridge on hot sunny days.
  • Pedestrian detour access points at 4th Street and Front Street will remain in place while demolition is conducted on the east side. Two of the temporary pedestrian covers have been removed. The cover nearest to Carousel Drive will remain in place until demolition is completed on the bridge overhead. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • The spring and summer months are a wonderful time to explore Downtown Missoula and many downtown events will be starting up again this year. While construction is happening on the Higgins Ave Bridge and in some areas of Caras Park, eventgoers, trail users, and carousel riders are encouraged to utilize parking structures and walk to various downtown activities.
  • Parking structures are located just a short walk from many events, trails, and activities. Utilizing bus services and biking are also great ways to get around downtown and avoid parking limitations and congestion. If you have questions about parking structure locations, fees, or other general parking inquiries, please contact the Missoula Parking Commission at 406-552-6250.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 11. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please email Kristine at kristine@bigskypublicrelations.com. Our project hotline is also open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM at 406-207-4484. We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

July 5-9, 2021

  • Progress is being made on the Higgins Ave Bridge project. Demolition of the east side of Beartracks Bridge continues. Crews continue with setting beams in several bridge sections in preparation for decking.
  • To ensure that traffic moves efficiently and does not have to navigate workers over the holiday weekend, no workers will be on site on Friday, July 2 and Monday, July 5. From our crew to yours, have a safe and enjoyable July 4th weekend.
  • To ensure that traffic moves efficiently and does not have to navigate workers over the holiday weekend, no workers will be on-site on Friday, July 2, and Monday, July 5. From our crew to yours, have a safe and enjoyable July 4th weekend.
  • In the heat of the day, the surface of the bridge walkway can become extremely hot. A white surface section has been painted on the shared-use path. This section has consistently remained much cooler than the rest of the walkway and is the best place for animals and bare feet. Pedestrians are encouraged to continue to be careful when crossing the bridge on hot sunny days.
  • Pedestrian detour access points at 4th Street and Front Street will remain in place while demolition is conducted on the east side. Two of the temporary pedestrian covers have been removed. The cover nearest to Carousel Drive will remain in place until demolition is completed on the bridge overhead. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • The spring and summer months are a wonderful time to explore Downtown Missoula and many downtown events will be starting up again this year. While construction is happening on the Higgins Ave Bridge and in some areas of Caras Park, eventgoers, trail users, and carousel riders are encouraged to utilize parking structures and walk to various downtown activities.
  • Parking structures are located just a short walk from many events, trails, and activities. Utilizing bus services and biking are also great ways to get around downtown and avoid parking limitations and congestion. If you have questions about parking structure locations, fees, or other general parking inquiries, please contact the Missoula Parking Commission at 406-552-6250.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 7. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please email Kristine at kristine@bigskypublicrelations.com. Our project hotline is also open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM at 406-207-4484. We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

June 28 - July 2, 2021

  • Progress is being made on the Higgins Ave Bridge project. Demolition of the east side of Beartracks Bridge continues. Crews are focusing on bridge demoing north of the river near Caras Park. Travelers on Carousel Drive may see a single day closure late in the week of June 28 or early the week of July 5. More information will be provided in the coming days on the exact timing of that closure.
  • To ensure that traffic moves efficiently and does not have to navigate workers over the holiday weekend, no workers will be on site on Friday, July 2 and Monday, July 5. From our crew to yours, have a safe and enjoyable July 4th weekend.
  • In the heat of the day the surface of the bridge walkway can become extremely hot. MDT is working towards a solution to this concern. A white pathway surface may result in reduced temperatures on the fiber reinforced polymer panels and will be tested. In the meantime, be aware, and take precautions to protect your feet and the feet of your children and animals before crossing the bridge on hot, sunny days.
  • Pedestrian detour access points at 4th Street and Front Street will remain in place while demolition is conducted on the east side. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. Cyclists are reminded to dismount when passing through the protected walkways under the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • The spring and summer months are a wonderful time to explore Downtown Missoula and many downtown events will be starting up again this year. While construction is happening on the Higgins Ave Bridge and in some areas of Caras Park, eventgoers, trail users, and carousel riders are encouraged to utilize parking structures and walk to various downtown activities.
  • Parking structures are located just a short walk from many events, trails, and activities. Utilizing bus services and biking are also great ways to get around downtown and avoid parking limitations and congestion. If you have questions about parking structure locations, fees, or other general parking inquiries, please contact the Missoula Parking Commission at 406-552-6250.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 7. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to kristine@bigskypublicrelations.com. We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

June 21-25, 2021

  • Progress is being made on the Higgins Ave Bridge project.
  • Demolition of the east side of Beartracks Bridge continues. Crews have completed demolition of the sections directly over the river. Demolition will begin later this week on the north end near Caras Park. Beams will be set on the south section this week as well.
  • As a reminder, in the heat of the day the surface of the bridge walkway can become extremely hot. Please take precautions to protect your feet and the feet of your children and animals before crossing the bridge on hot, sunny days.
  • Pedestrian detour access points at 4th Street and Front Street will remain in place while demolition is conducted on the east side. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. Cyclists are reminded to dismount when passing through the protected walkways under the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • The spring and summer months are a wonderful time to explore Downtown Missoula and many downtown events will be starting up again this year. While construction is happening on the Higgins Ave Bridge and in some areas of Caras Park, eventgoers, trail users, and carousel riders are encouraged to utilize parking structures and walk to various downtown activities.
  • Parking structures are located just a short walk from many events, trails, and activities. Utilizing bus services and biking are also great ways to get around downtown and avoid parking limitations and congestion. If you have questions about parking structure locations, fees, or other general parking inquiries, please contact the Missoula Parking Commission at 406-552-6250.
  • Remember the three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 7. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to kristine@bigskypublicrelations.com. We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

June 14-18, 2021

  • Progress is being made on the Higgins Ave Bridge project.
  • Demolition continues on the east half of the bridge while traffic continues to flow on a single lane in each direction on the west half. Crews are making repairs underneath the bridge and will begin pouring concrete for the extensions this week as well.
  • As a reminder, in the heat of the day the surface of the bridge walkway can become extremely hot. Please take precautions to protect your feet and the feet of your children and animals before crossing the bridge on hot, sunny days.
  • Pedestrian detour access points at 4th Street and Front Street will remain in place while demolition is conducted on the east side. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. Cyclists are reminded to dismount when passing through the protected walkways under the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • The spring and summer months are a wonderful time to explore Downtown Missoula and many downtown events will be starting up again this year. While construction is happening on the Higgins Ave Bridge and in some areas of Caras Park, eventgoers, trail users, and carousel riders are encouraged to utilize parking structures and walk to various downtown activities.
  • Parking structures are located just a short walk from many events, trails, and activities. Utilizing bus services and biking are also great ways to get around downtown and avoid parking limitations and congestion. If you have questions about parking structure locations, fees, or other general parking inquiries, please contact the Missoula Parking Commission at 406-552-6250.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 7. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to kristine@bigskypublicrelations.com. We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

June 7-11, 2021

  • Construction is moving forward on the Higgins Ave Bridge project this week.
  • Demolition continues on the east side of the bridge. Crews will be conducting demolition on the south end of the bridge in preparation for beam installation to begin later this month.
  • Traffic is moving on the west side of the bridge and the new 13-foot wide shared-use path is open. Cyclists are encouraged to continue to ride in the lane of traffic across the bridge while the east side of the bridge is completed. Cyclists may ride on the shared-use path but will need to slow down and enter the path from the sidewalk in front of the Wilma when traveling south across the bridge. Cyclists and pedestrians will be traveling in both directions on the path until the east side of the bridge opens. All users are encouraged to be courteous and share the space safely.
  • Pedestrian detour access points at 4th Street and Front Street will remain in place while demolition is conducted on the east side. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. Cyclists are reminded to dismount when passing through the protected walkways under the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • As I am sure you may have heard, the Montana Transportation Commission has approved the naming of the bridge Beartracks Bridge as a tribute to the Salish-Bitterroot people. This is something that is important to the Montana Department of Transportation. To minimize confusion, the use of Higgins Ave Bridge will still be used in reference to the project, however, you will begin to see some references to the name Beartracks Bridge as this project moves forward. An official naming ceremony will take place when construction on the bridge is completed next year.
  • The spring and summer months are a wonderful time to explore Downtown Missoula and many downtown events will be starting up again this year. While construction is happening on the Higgins Ave Bridge and in some areas of Caras Park, eventgoers, trail users, and carousel riders are encouraged to utilize parking structures and walk to various downtown activities.
  • Parking structures are located just a short walk from many events, trails, and activities. Utilizing bus services and biking are also great ways to get around downtown and avoid parking limitations and congestion. If you have questions about parking structure locations, fees, or other general parking inquiries, please contact the Missoula Parking Commission at 406-552-6250.
  • Remember the three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 7. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • The Department of Transportation will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this Higgins Public Q & A meeting or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Transportation no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Matt Maze, Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, Montana 59620; telephone (406) 444-5416; Montana Relay 711; facsimile (406) 444-7243; or e-mail to mmaze@mt.gov.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

May 31 - June 4, 2021

  • Construction is moving forward on the Higgins Ave Bridge project this week.
  • The west side of the bridge has been open to traffic and cyclists, pedestrians, skateboarders, joggers, runners, speed walkers, and stroller passengers are all enjoying the new 13-foot wide shared-use path.
  • Construction on the east side will be very similar to the process used on the west side. Crews have begun demolition of the east side of the bridge and will be hauling out materials this week.
  • Pedestrian detour access points at 4th Street and Front Street will remain in place while demolition is conducted on the east side. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. Cyclist are reminded to dismount when passing through the protected walkways under the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Work at the intersection of 3rd Street and Higgins Avenue is wrapped up as well. Third Street is open to traffic and the community can now enjoy the new pedestrian plaza.
  • Construction will pause on Monday, May 31 in honor of the Memorial Day holiday. Work will resume on Tuesday, June 1.
  • The spring and summer months are a wonderful time to explore Downtown Missoula and many downtown events will be starting up again this year. While construction is happening on the Higgins Ave Bridge and in some areas of Caras Park, eventgoers, trail users, and carousel riders are encouraged to utilize parking structures and walk to various downtown activities.
  • Parking structures are located just a short walk from many events, trails, and activities. Utilizing bus services and biking are also great ways to get around downtown and avoid parking limitations and congestion. If you have questions about parking structure locations, fees, or other general parking inquiries, please contact the Missoula Parking Commission at 406-552-6250.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 2.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • The Department of Transportation will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this Higgins Public Q & A meeting or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Transportation no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Matt Maze, Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, Montana 59620; telephone (406) 444-5416; Montana Relay 711; facsimile (406) 444-7243; or e-mail to mmaze@mt.gov.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

May 24-28, 2021

  • Construction on the west side of the bridge is complete and traffic will be swapped to the newly finished west side of the bridge over the weekend. Once traffic is swapped, the new shared-use walkway will be open to pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Pedestrian detour access points at 4th Street and Front Street will remain in place while demolition is conducted on the east side. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. Cyclist are reminded to dismount when passing through the protected walkways under the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Work at the intersection of 3rd Street and Higgins Avenue is wrapping up as well. Third Street will reopen to traffic by mid-week.
  • The spring and summer months are a wonderful time to explore Downtown Missoula and many downtown events will be starting up again this year. While construction is happening on the Higgins Ave Bridge and in some areas of Caras Park, eventgoers, trail users, and carousel riders are encouraged to utilize parking structures and walk to various downtown activities.
  • Parking structures are located just a short walk from many events, trails, and activities. Utilizing bus services and biking are also great ways to get around downtown and avoid parking limitations and congestion. If you have questions about parking structure locations, fees, or other general parking inquiries, please contact the Missoula Parking Commission at 406-552-6250.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 2.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • The Department of Transportation will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this Higgins Public Q & A meeting or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Transportation no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Matt Maze, Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, Montana 59620; telephone (406) 444-5416; Montana Relay 711; facsimile (406) 444-7243; or e-mail to mmaze@mt.gov.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

May 17-21, 2021

  • Exciting things are happening on the Higgins Avenue Bridge project this week.
  • The last of the paving work at the Higgins Avenue and Third Street intersection will be completed early in the week. Finishing touches are also being added to the west side of the bridge. Crews will be completing the pedestrian rail and installing the stairs. Striping and other final preparations for the opening of the west side of the bridge will take place this week.
  • Pedestrian detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Cyclist are reminded to dismount when passing through the protected walkways under the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • The spring and summer months are a wonderful time to explore Downtown Missoula and many downtown events will be starting up again this year. While construction is happening on the Higgins Ave Bridge and in some areas of Caras Park, eventgoers, trail users, and carousel riders are encouraged to utilize parking structures and walk to various downtown activities.
  • Parking structures are located just a short walk from many events, trails, and activities. Utilizing bus services and biking are also great ways to get around downtown and avoid parking limitations and congestion. If you have questions about parking structure locations, fees, or other general parking inquiries, please contact the Missoula Parking Commission at 406-552-6250.
  • Remember the three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 2.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • The Department of Transportation will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this Higgins Public Q & A meeting or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Transportation no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Matt Maze, Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, Montana 59620; telephone (406) 444-5416; Montana Relay 711; facsimile (406) 444-7243; or e-mail to mmaze@mt.gov.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

May 10-14, 2021

  • Construction is progressing on the Higgins Ave Bridge project for the week of May 10.
  • Paving will take place at both ends of the bridge this week. Paving is anticipated to begin on Tuesday, May 11 and be completed on Wednesday, May 12. This work is weather dependent. Drivers can expect flaggers at the project site and minor delays while the paving is completed. Third Street remains closed near the Boone and Crockett Club and traffic is being detoured to Myrtle Street.
  • Crews will continue concrete work in several areas. Handrails are being installed and preparations for the installation of stairs are underway. Some landscaping work will begin under the bridge this week as well. Drivers are encouraged to travel carefully through the project site and watch for changing lane configurations.
  • The spring and summer months are a wonderful time to explore Downtown Missoula and many downtown events will be starting up again this year. While construction is happening on the Higgins Ave Bridge and in some areas of Caras Park, eventgoers, trail users, and carousel riders are encouraged to utilize parking structures and walk to various downtown activities.
  • Parking structures are located just a short walk from many events, trails, and activities. Utilizing bus services and biking are also great ways to get around downtown and avoid parking limitations and congestion. If you have questions about parking structure locations, fees, or other general parking inquiries, please contact the Missoula Parking Commission at 406-552-6250.
  • Remember the three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 2.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • The Department of Transportation will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this Higgins Public Q & A meeting or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Transportation no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Matt Maze, Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, Montana 59620; telephone (406) 444-5416; Montana Relay 711; facsimile (406) 444-7243; or e-mail to mmaze@mt.gov.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

May 3-7, 2021

  • Construction is progressing on the Higgins Ave Bridge project for the week of May 3.
  • Crews are installing fiberglass panels and railing for the walkway on the west side of the bridge. When completed, the bridge will boast a much wider shared-use path for pedestrians, runners, cyclists and more. Access to the new and improved shared-use lane on the west side of the bridge will open in early-June when traffic transitions and construction begins on the east side.
  • Pedestrian detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Construction at the intersection of Higgins Avenue and Third Street is progressing. Milling and paving operation are anticipated for this week. Third Street remains closed near the entrance of the Boone and Crockett Club. Pedestrian and delivery access will remain open to all businesses during business hours. A detour for all modes of travel has been established on Myrtle Street.
  • The spring and summer months are a a wonderful time to explore Downtown Missoula and many downtown events will be starting up again this year. While construction is happening on the Higgins Ave Bridge and in some areas of Caras Park, eventgoers, trail users, and carousel riders are encouraged to utilize parking structures and walk to various downtown activities.
  • Parking structures are located just a short walk from many events, trails, and activities. Utilizing bus services and biking are also great ways to get around downtown and avoid parking limitations and congestion. If you have questions about parking structure locations, fees, or other general parking inquiries, please contact the Missoula Parking Commission at 406-552-6250.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space, and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 5.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • The Department of Transportation will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this Higgins Public Q & A meeting or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Transportation no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Matt Maze, Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, Montana 59620; telephone (406) 444-5416; Montana Relay 711; facsimile (406) 444-7243; or e-mail to mmaze@mt.gov.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

April 26-30, 2021

  • Exciting progress is being made on the Higgins Avenue Bridge project the week of April 26. Crews are continuing concrete work and painting under the bridge. Installation of fiberglass reinforced panels is taking place as well. These panels are being added to the walkway to provide an additional measure of stability and durability. The staircase foundation has been built and a pedestrian rail is also being installed. Stairs should be installed in mid-May.
  • Pedestrian detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Pedestrian detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Curb and gutter and gravel will be installed this week at the plaza. Please share the road and travel safely. Crews are still on target to have Third Street paved in early May.
  • Third Street is closed near the entrance of the Boone and Crockett Club while crews make improvements to the intersection of Higgins Ave and Third Street. Pedestrian and delivery access will remain open to all businesses during business hours. A detour for all modes of travel has been established on Myrtle Street.
  • The spring and summer months are a a wonderful time to explore Downtown Missoula and many downtown events will be starting up again this year. While construction is happening on the Higgins Ave Bridge and in some areas of Caras Park, eventgoers, trail users, and carousel riders are encouraged to utilize parking structures and walk to various downtown activities.
  • Parking structures are located just a short walk from many events, trails, and activities. Utilizing bus services and biking are also great ways to get around downtown and avoid parking limitations and congestion. If you have questions about parking structure locations, fees, or other general parking inquiries, please contact the Missoula Parking Commission at 406-552-6250.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space, and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 5.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • The Department of Transportation will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this Higgins Public Q & A meeting or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Transportation no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Matt Maze, Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, Montana 59620; telephone (406) 444-5416; Montana Relay 711; facsimile (406) 444-7243; or e-mail to mmaze@mt.gov.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

April 19-23, 2021

  • Construction is progressing on the Higgins Ave Bridge project for the week of April 19.
  • Concrete work continues and painting under the bridge has begun. Installation of fiberglass reinforced panels is taking place as well. These panels are being added to the walkway to provide an additional measure of stability and durability.
  • Pedestrian detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Third Street is closed near the entrance of the Boone and Crockett Club while crews make improvements to the intersection of Higgins Ave and Third Street. Pedestrian and delivery access will remain open to all businesses during business hours. A detour for all modes of travel has been established on Myrtle Street.
  • The spring and summer months are a wonderful time to explore Downtown Missoula and many downtown events will be starting up again this year. While construction is happening on the Higgins Ave Bridge and in some areas of Caras Park, eventgoers, trail users, and carousel riders are encouraged to utilize parking structures and walk to various downtown activities.
  • Parking structures are located just a short walk from many events, trails, and activities. Utilizing bus services and biking are also great ways to get around downtown and avoid parking limitations and congestion. If you have questions about parking structure locations, fees, or other general parking inquiries, please contact the Missoula Parking Commission at 406-552-6250.
  • Remember the three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 5.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • The Department of Transportation will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this Higgins Public Q & A meeting or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Transportation no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Matt Maze, Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, Montana 59620; telephone (406) 444-5416; Montana Relay 711; facsimile (406) 444-7243; or e-mail to mmaze@mt.gov.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

April 12-16, 2021

  • Construction is progressing on the Higgins Ave Bridge project for the week of April 12.
  • Expansion joints are being added on additional sections of the bridge this week. Paint work has also begun. Crews are prepping the bridge and painting could begin this week.
  • The footings for the stairs will be drilled this week. Installation of the stairs is anticipated for May, in time for the west side of the bridge and the shared use path to open in early June.
  • Third Street is closed near the entrance of the Boon and Crocket Club while crews make improvements to the intersection of Higgins Ave and Third Street. Pedestrian and delivery access will remain open to all businesses during business hours. A detour for all modes of travel has been established on Myrtle Street.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • The spring and summer months are a wonderful time to explore Downtown Missoula and many downtown events will be starting up again this year. While construction is happening on the Higgins Ave Bridge and in some areas of Caras Park, eventgoers, trail users, and carousel riders are encouraged to utilize parking structures and walk to various downtown activities.
  • Parking structures are located just a short walk from many events, trails, and activities. Utilizing bus services and biking are also great ways to get around downtown and avoid parking limitations and congestion. If you have questions about parking structure locations, fees, or other general parking inquiries, please contact the Missoula Parking Commission at 406-552-6250.
  • Remember the three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 2.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • The Department of Transportation will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this Higgins Public Q & A meeting or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Transportation no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Matt Maze, Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, Montana 59620; telephone (406) 444-5416; Montana Relay 711; facsimile (406) 444-7243; or e-mail to mmaze@mt.gov.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

April 5-9, 2021

  • Construction is progressing on the Higgins Ave Bridge project for the week of April 5.
  • Concrete work continues as crews turn their focus to expansion joints. Expansion joints are used to separate sections of concrete to allow for expansion and contraction of the slabs after they have cured. These joints will aid in the prevention of cracking and provide an extra measure of stability to the concrete.
  • Crews are continuing with the installation of cantilever sidewalk and painting of the existing superstructure steel. Handrail installation will also take place this week, moving the project one step closer to the completion of the bicycle and pedestrian path on the west side of the bridge.
  • Two lanes of traffic remain open on the east side of the bridge. Traffic will transition to the west side later this spring. Drivers are encouraged to travel carefully and share the road with cyclists as they travel across the bridge.
  • Construction on the intersection of 3rd Street and Higgins Ave has begun. 3rd Street will be closed near the entrance of the Boon and Crocket Club. Pedestrian and delivery access will remain open to all businesses during business hours. A detour for all modes of travel will be established on Myrtle Street.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 7.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • The Department of Transportation will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this Higgins Public Q & A meeting or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Transportation no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Matt Maze, Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, Montana 59620; telephone (406) 444-5416; Montana Relay 711; facsimile (406) 444-7243; or e-mail to mmaze@mt.gov.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

March 29-April 2, 2021

  • Construction is progressing on the Higgins Ave Bridge project for the week of March 29.
  • Crews are continuing to pour the concrete sections of the bridge deck and allowing sections to cure, the chemical process needed for concrete to properly harden. On fully-cured sections of the bridge, crews are starting to remove the framework that they put into place prior to concrete pouring. This framework ensured that concrete was poured accurately and formed the molds that it should.
  • Crews are also installing and painting cantilever arms. These structural beams hold up the cantilever slab, which is similar to a bridge deck and will hold future bicycle and pedestrian travelers. The cantilever, however, hangs suspended by horizontal beams, whereas a bridge is supported by both horizontal and vertical beams.
  • Two lanes of traffic remain open on the east side of the bridge. Traffic will transition to the west side later this spring. Drivers are encouraged to travel carefully and share the road with cyclists as they travel across the bridge.
  • Construction on the intersection of 3rd Street and Higgins Ave remains on track to begin April 1. Drivers and pedestrians can expect lane closures and temporary sidewalk displacement while this work is completed. Pedestrian and delivery access will be maintained to all businesses during business hours. More information will be provided early next week on exactly what traffic will look like. Thank you for your patience.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Remember the three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 7. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • The Department of Transportation will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this Higgins Public Q & A meeting or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Transportation no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Matt Maze, Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, Montana 59620; telephone (406) 444-5416; Montana Relay 711; facsimile (406) 444-7243; or e-mail to mmaze@mt.gov.
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411. More information on the project can also be found on the MDT's project website: https://www.mdt.mt.gov/pubinvolve/higginsbridge/.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

March 22-26, 2021

  • Construction is progressing on the Higgins Ave Bridge project for the week of March 22.
  • Crews continue with concrete work for the bridge deck and curbing on the west side of the bridge. Two lanes of traffic are open on the east side of the bridge. Traffic will transition to the west side later this spring. Drivers are encouraged to travel carefully and share the road with cyclists as they travel across the bridge.
  • Construction on the intersection of 3rd Street and Higgins Ave will begin April 1. Drivers and pedestrians can expect lane closures and temporary sidewalk displacement while this work is completed. Pedestrian and delivery access will be maintained to all businesses during business hours. More information on this work will be provided in the coming weeks.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Remember the three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 7.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • The Department of Transportation will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this Higgins Public Q & A meeting or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Transportation no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Matt Maze, Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, Montana 59620; telephone (406) 444-5416; Montana Relay 711; facsimile (406) 444-7243; or e-mail to mmaze@mt.gov.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

March 15-19, 2021

  • Construction is progressing on the Higgins Ave Bridge project for the week of March 15.
  • Night work on the bridge deck will take place Tuesday, March 16 beginning at 8 pm. Crews will be pouring concrete on sections of the bridge directly over the river. Drivers can expect single-lane closures while the work is completed. This work is weather dependent.
  • Day work will continue as preparations are made for a drainage system and additional concrete pours.
  • Construction on the intersection of 3rd Street and Higgins Ave will begin April 1. Drivers and pedestrians can expect lane closures and temporary sidewalk displacement while this work is completed. Access to business will remain open during construction. More information on this work will be provided in the coming weeks.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Remember the three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 7.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • The Department of Transportation will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this Higgins Public Q & A meeting or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Transportation no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Matt Maze, Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, Montana 59620; telephone (406) 444-5416; Montana Relay 711; facsimile (406) 444-7243; or e-mail to mmaze@mt.gov.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

March 8-12, 2021

  • Construction is progressing on the Higgins Ave Bridge project for the week of March 8.
  • Night work on the bridge deck will take place mid-week. Crews will be working on the sections of the bridge directly over the river. The night work will begin at 8 pm and is anticipated for a single night this week and one next week. Work on some sections of the bridge will continue during daytime hours.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Remember the three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 10.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • The Department of Transportation will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this Higgins Public Q & A meeting or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Transportation no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Matt Maze, Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, Montana 59620; telephone (406) 444-5416; Montana Relay 711; facsimile (406) 444-7243; or e-mail to mmaze@mt.gov.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

March 1-5, 2021

  • Construction is progressing on the Higgins Ave Bridge project for the week of March 1.
  • Crews are finishing the decking and laying rebar. Concrete work continues as the new deck on the west side of the bridge begins to take shape. Traffic continues to flow on two lanes on the east side. Drivers are encouraged to share the road, be mindful of cyclists and watch for icy road conditions.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Remember the three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 10.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

February 22-26, 2021

  • Construction is progressing on the Higgins Ave Bridge project for the week of February 22.
  • The decking is complete on the west side of the bridge. Crews will transition to pouring concrete this week. Concrete will be poured section by section down the length of the bridge. It is anticipated that the west side of the bridge will be complete this spring. Once completed, traffic will transition to the west side and crews will begin deck replacement on the east side of the bridge.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 10.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

February 15-19, 2021

  • Construction is progressing on the Higgins Ave Bridge project for the week of February 15.
  • The bridge deck is taking shape as crews continue to set concrete forms and install rebar.
  • Winter weather conditions have set in and crews are making adjustments to ensure construction can continue. Winter weather can cause changing road conditions as well. Drivers are encouraged to allow for additional travel time and to take extra precautions when traveling through the work zone.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 10.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

February 8-12, 2021

  • Construction is progressing on the Higgins Ave Bridge project for the week of February 8.
  • Installation of deck forms and rebar work on the west side of the bridge continues this week. One lane of traffic in each direction will utilize the eastern side of the bridge, which had carried northbound traffic prior to construction.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 10.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

February 1-5, 2021

  • Construction is progressing on the Higgins Ave Bridge project for the week of February 1.
  • Deck rebar work is beginning this week. Crews are also installing deck forms in preparation to pour concrete. Concrete girders will be set mid-week. A closure of Carousel Drive will be necessary while concrete beams are installed. In addition to Carousel Drive, access to the lower entrance of the Wilma building will be closed as well. This will be a single-day closure.
  • One lane of traffic in each direction will utilize the eastern side of the bridge, which had carried northbound traffic prior to construction.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 3.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

January 25-30, 2021

  • Construction is progressing on the Higgins Ave Bridge project for the week of January 25.
  • Demolition of the bridge deck continues this week, and crews will be setting large beams over Ron’s River Trail and placing reinforcing steel for the bridge deck. A single-day closure of the trail will be necessary mid-week. Detours to the pedestrian underpass on Carousel Drive will be available.
  • One lane of traffic in each direction will utilize the eastern side of the bridge, which had carried northbound traffic prior to construction.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 3.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

January 18-22, 2021

  • Construction is progressing on the Higgins Ave Bridge project.
  • Crews are continuing with demolition of the bridge deck on the west side of the bridge. One lane of traffic in each direction remains open on the east side. Drivers are encouraged to proceed carefully and be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists. Work will pause on Monday, January 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday and will resume again on Tuesday, January 19.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 3.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or sending an email to . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

January 11-15, 2021

  • Construction is progressing on the Higgins Ave Bridge project.
  • Demolition of the bridge deck on the west side of the bridge continues this week and crews will be removing girders over Ron’s River Trail. This process will require a single-day closure of the Ron’s trail mid-week. Detours to the pedestrian underpass on Carousel Drive will be available.
  • One lane of traffic in each direction will utilize the eastern side of the bridge, which had carried northbound traffic prior to construction.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space, and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 3.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or by emailing Kristine Fife at . Kristine will be taking over the public involvement on this project in the new year. You can expect ongoing updates coming from her email address listed above. Big Sky Public Relations is here to help address your concerns during this project.

January 4-8, 2021

  • On behalf of the Montana Department of Transportation and the entire Higgins Avenue Bridge team, we wish everyone a very happy 2021!
  • Sletten Construction will continue to remove the old bridge structure and placing plywood forms for new deck concrete. Crews are also installing large steel support beams on the south end of the bridge.
  • As equipment availability allows, there will be temporary, short-duration closures of Carousel Drive and access to the lower Wilma Building entrance. Crews anticipate this to take place on Wednesday. An additional update will be provided once details are confirmed.
  • Crews are currently working on the west side of the bridge, nearest to the Wilma. One lane of traffic in each direction will utilize the eastern side of the bridge, which had carried northbound traffic prior to construction.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space, and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 6.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have questions, please reach out by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or by emailing Kristine Fife at . Kristine will be taking over the public involvement on this project in the new year. You can expect ongoing updates coming from her email address listed above. Big Sky Public Relations is here to help address your concerns during this project.

December 21-January 1, 2020

  • On behalf of the Montana Department of Transportation and the entire Higgins Avenue Bridge team, we wish everyone a joyous holiday season!
  • To give your family a break from construction, and to give our crews more time with theirs, work will only be performed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the weeks of December 21 and 28.
  • While active construction continues early in the week, Sletten Construction will be removing the old bridge structure. Crews are also installing large steel support beams on the south end of the bridge and installing a cantilever supports for the future sidewalk.
  • Crews are currently working on the west side of the bridge, nearest to the Wilma. One lane of traffic in each direction will utilize the eastern side of the bridge, which had carried northbound traffic before construction.
  • In early January, there will be work occurring directly adjacent to the lower level of the Wilma Building. More information and potential impacts will be shared as details are confirmed.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space, and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on January 6. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Our project hotline is open for questions between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call (406) 207-4484 to reach us. Text updates are also available. To register text HIGGINS to 41411.

December 14-18, 2020

  • Construction continues on the Higgins Avenue Bridge for the week of December 14-18.
  • Sletten Construction continues to remove the old bridge structure. Crews are also installing large steel support beams on the south end of the bridge and installing cantilever supports for the future sidewalk.
  • These beams are installed throughout the bridge and provide support for the deck, the surface that vehicles drive on. Crews are also installing cantilever supports for the future sidewalks.
  • Exciting news for residents: Carousel Drive is expected to open early in the week for authorized users! Please be prepared for changing traffic patterns.
  • Crews are currently working on the west side of the bridge, nearest to the Wilma. One lane of traffic in each direction will utilize the eastern side of the bridge, which had carried northbound traffic prior to construction.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction. For bicyclists and drivers, there are shared travel lanes over the bridge. Please share the road and travel safely.
  • Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on January 6. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Our project hotline is open for questions between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call (406) 207-4484 to reach us. Text updates are also available. To register text HIGGINS to 41411.

December 7-11, 2020

  • Higgins Avenue Bridge construction keeps on truckin’ the week of December 7-11.
  • Sletten Construction continues removing old bridge deck sections and adding on to the bridge supports. New brackets are now being installed to hold the widened sidewalk over the river.
  • Carousel Drive will be closed for the foreseeable future until crews are able to complete storm drain work. Access to the Wilma building will be maintained.
  • Sharrows have also been painted within the travel lane. This indicates that both drivers and bicyclists are sharing one lane. Please be patient with one another and travel safely.
  • Crews are currently working on the west side of the bridge, nearest to the Wilma. One lane of traffic in each direction will utilize the eastern side of the bridge, which had carried northbound traffic prior to construction.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now shifting to hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on January 6. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • Our project hotline is open for questions between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call (406) 207-4484 to reach us. Text updates are also available. To register text HIGGINS to 41411.

November 30-December 4, 2020

  • Sletten Construction will be continuing deck demolition and pouring concrete for bridge supports early in the week. Carousel Drive will be closed for the foreseeable future until crews are able to complete storm drain work. Access to the Wilma building will be maintained.
  • Crews are currently working on the west side of the bridge, nearest to the Wilma. One lane of traffic in each direction will utilize the eastern side of the bridge, which had carried northbound traffic prior to construction.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now shifting to hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on December 2. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • Weekly project updates will continue to be provided every Friday throughout construction. If you have any questions, please call 406-207-4484 or email me at . We are here to help address your concerns during this project.

November 23-27, 2020

  • Happy Thanksgiving week on behalf of the Montana Department of Transportation. Higgins construction crews will not be working on Thursday or Friday this week.
  • Sletten Construction will be continuing deck demolition and pouring concrete for bridge supports early in the week. Carousel Drive will be closed for the foreseeable future until crews are able to complete storm drain work. Access to the Wilma building will be maintained.
  • Crews are currently working on the west side of the bridge, nearest to the Wilma. One lane of traffic in each direction will utilize the eastern side of the bridge, which had carried northbound traffic prior to construction.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now shifting to hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on December 2. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • Our project hotline is open for questions between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 406-207-4484 to reach us. Text updates are also available. To register text HIGGINS to 41411.

November 16-20, 2020

  • Higgins Avenue Bridge construction continues the week of November 16. Sletten Construction crews will be drilling and moving large pieces of construction materials throughout the week. Travelers are encouraged to be mindful of large equipment in the area.
  • Please keep in mind that cyclists and drivers are sharing the travel lane.
  • Crews will not be working Thanksgiving or the day following.
  • Crews are currently working on the west side of the bridge, nearest to the Wilma. One lane of traffic in each direction will utilize the eastern side of the bridge, which had carried northbound traffic prior to construction.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now shifting to hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on December 2. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Text updates are available. To sign up, text HIGGINS to 41411.
  • Our project hotline is open for questions between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 406-207-4484 to reach us. Text updates are also available. To register text HIGGINS to 41411.

November 9-13, 2020

  • Higgins Avenue Bridge construction continues the week of November 9. Sletten Construction crews will be drilling and moving large pieces of construction materials throughout the week. At various points, early in the week, there may be limited access to the Wilma Building beneath the structure.
  • Crews are currently working on the west side of the bridge, nearest to the Wilma. One lane of traffic in each direction will utilize the eastern side of the bridge, which had carried northbound traffic prior to construction.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation is now shifting to hosting monthly ZOOM meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. The next meeting will be held on December 2. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Our project hotline is open for questions between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 406-207-4484 to reach us. Text updates are also available. To register text HIGGINS to 41411.

November 2-6, 2020

  • The Montana Department of Transportation wishes all a safe and enjoyable Halloween holiday. Last week’s snow pushed the schedule slightly, but Sletten Construction will begin bridge drilling. Travelers will see crews hauling materials in and out of the work site throughout the week.
  • Demolition work will slow on the south end of the existing bridge as crews have removed the existing bridge deck to replace it with a wider structure.
  • Traffic control adjustments are being made to ensure safe travel for cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles. All are reminded to share the roadway and be mindful that cyclists and vehicles are traveling in one lane together.
  • Crews are currently working on the west side of the bridge, nearest to the Wilma. One lane of traffic in each direction will utilize the eastern side of the bridge, which had carried northbound traffic prior to construction.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation hosts weekly ZOOM meetings every Wednesday at 12 p.m. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Our project hotline is open for questions between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 406-207-4484 to reach us. Text updates are also available. To register text HIGGINS to 41411.

October 26-30, 2020

  • Higgins Avenue Bridge contractors will begin bridge drilling. Travelers will see crews hauling materials in and out of the work site throughout the week.
  • Demolition work will slow on the south end of the existing bridge as crews have removed the existing bridge deck to replace it with a wider structure.
  • Traffic control adjustments are being made to ensure safe travel for cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles. All are reminded to share the roadway and be mindful that cyclists and vehicles are traveling in one lane together.
  • Crews are currently working on the west side of the bridge, nearest to the Wilma. One lane of traffic in each direction will utilize the eastern side of the bridge, which had carried northbound traffic prior to construction.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation hosts weekly ZOOM meetings every Wednesday at 12 p.m. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Our project hotline is open for questions between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 406-207-4484 to reach us. Text updates are also available. To register text HIGGINS to 41411.

October 19-23, 2020

  • Higgins Avenue Bridge contractors will be making preparations for drilling and starting to build a scaffolding system, or the temporary work bridge. Travelers are likely to see crews hauling materials in and out of the work site throughout the week.
  • Demolition work continues on the south end of the existing bridge. This allows crews to begin removing the existing bridge deck to replace it with a wider structure.
  • Traffic control adjustments are being made to ensure safe travel for cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles. All are reminded to share the roadway and be mindful that cyclists and vehicles are traveling in one lane together.
  • Crews are currently working on the west side of the bridge, nearest to the Wilma. One lane of traffic in each direction will utilize the eastern side of the bridge, which had carried northbound traffic prior to construction.
  • Pedestrian access will remain available to the public throughout the duration of construction. Detour access points are located on the east side of the bridge at 4th Street and Front Street. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists using Higgins Avenue Bridge throughout construction.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation hosts weekly ZOOM meetings every Wednesday at 12 p.m. Those who would like to join, please view the information below. Registration is not required to attend the meetings.
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Our project hotline is open for questions between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 406-207-4484 to reach us. Text updates are also available. To register text HIGGINS to 41411.

October 12-16, 2020

  • The Montana Department of Transportation and project contractor, Sletten Construction, have started Higgins Avenue Bridge construction.
  • Throughout the week of October 12, preliminary demolition work will begin on the south end of the existing bridge. This allows crews to begin removing the existing bridge deck to replace it with a wider structure later this year.
  • Pedestrian areas will be covered to provide safe trail usage near the bridge and will be in place throughout the duration of construction.
  • Crews are currently working on the west side of the bridge, nearest to the Wilma. One lane of traffic in each direction will utilize the eastern side of the bridge, which had carried northbound traffic prior to construction.
  • Various roadway and sidewalk improvements will be made at each end of the bridge. Along the west side of the bridge, new foundations will be installed to allow for a wider bridge deck, new shared-use paths, and a new stairway to Caras Park. The goal is to have both lanes of the bridge complete by the end of 2021 and to complete final paving, painting, striping, etc. in the spring of 2022.
  • Our project hotline is open for questions between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 406-207-4484 to reach us. Text updates are also available. To register text HIGGINS to 41411.

October 5-9, 2020

  • Construction will begin on the Higgins Avenue Bridge on Monday, October 5.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation and Sletten Construction began construction on the Higgins Avenue Bridge on October 5. Equipment will start to be moved in early this week, with traffic being reduced to a single lane in each direction by the end of the week.
  • Rehabilitation is essential to extend the life of the bridge. Crews will work to replace and widen the bridge deck. Construction will begin on the southbound lanes of the bridge. One lane of traffic in each direction will utilize the northbound lanes. This first phase of construction is anticipated to last through May 2021.
  • Various roadway and sidewalk improvements will be made at each end of the bridge. Along the west side of the bridge, new foundations will be installed to allow for a wider bridge deck, new shared-use paths, and a new stairway to Caras Park. The goal is to have both lanes of the bridge complete by the end of 2021 and to complete final paving, painting, striping, etc. in the spring of 2022.
  • Our project hotline is open for questions between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 406-207-4484 to reach us. Text updates are also available. To register text HIGGINS to 41411.