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Construction On Clark Fork River Bridge To Begin Early April

Construction on Clark Fork River Bridge near Trout Creek to begin in
early April; Expect traffic to be reduced to one lane through the
construction area

TROUT CREEK- MDT will begin construction to
rehabilitate the Clark Fork River Bridge located on Montana Highway
200 approximately one mile north of Trout Creek. 

Construction is
expected to begin in early April and be completed by the fall
2020."MDT and our prime contractor Kiewit are committed to completing
construction as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible," said
Missoula District Construction Engineer John Schmidt. "We are using
several methods to accelerate construction and minimize impacts to
the community of Trout Creek and the traveling public."

To expedite
construction, construction will include placing precast concrete deck
panels during a full closure of the bridge. The closure is expected
to begin after school is out in late May or early June and last for
six consecutive weeks. Kiewit is also planning to work night and
weekend shifts when practical and safe. 

Other than when the bridge
is fully closed (June through mid-July), motorists should expect
traffic to be reduced to one alternating lane through the
construction area and up to 15-minute delays across the bridge.
"Communication with the public during construction is a high
priority," said Schmidt. "We will provide regular construction
updates to keep the public informed throughout construction." 

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