Toston Structures Project
Current Project Status
Construction began on the Toston Structures project in April 2019. It continued throughout 2019 and is ongoing. Piers and steel girders for the new Missouri River Bridge were completed in August 2020, bridge deck work was completed in September 2020, and traffic has been utilizing the new Missouri River and MRL bridges since the week of November 16, 2020. Paving of the new roadway began in October 2020, and traffic is traveling on the newly paved roads for the length of the project. Work will continue on the project throughout the winter and into spring of 2021 with demolition and removal of the old bridges, and installation of the pedestrian tunnel, wildlife fencing and signage. It is not anticipated this work will substantially impact travel, however, please continue to watch for workers in the area and signage that may require reduced speeds for short distances throughout the winter months.
There will continue to be areas of the river that are restricted from use/passage. A passable waterway channel is provided and is visibly marked for the duration of the project.
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Construction on the Toston Structures Project began in April of 2019. The project is in Broadwater County, south of Townsend on US 287 near Toston. Construction begins one mile north of the existing bridges and ends just past Radersburg Road (Secondary 285) on the south end. This route is important for residents, agriculture, freight, and recreation. It is also popular for tourists traveling between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.
The Toston project improves safety and addresses current and future traffic needs. The existing roadway and bridges are over 70 years old and no longer meet transportation design, environment, or safety standards. In a recent 5-year study, this stretch of road has had higher crash frequency and more severe crashes than similar roads.
The project includes construction of 3.5 miles of new roadway, some of which will be moved over to connect to the new bridges over the Missouri River and BNSF railroad tracks. The two new bridges will be wider than the existing ones and will also include more room on the shoulder for walkers and bicyclists.
Construction also includes a new culvert at Six Mile Creek, a tunnel for pedestrians under the new bridge structure, a school bus turnout (off Radersburg Road), installation of wildlife fencing, and intersection improvements. After the new roadway and bridges are completed, the old roadway and bridges will be removed. Construction is expected to take two seasons (2019 and 2020) and to be completed in the spring of 2021.
The Department welcomes your comments on the Toston Structures project.
Please feel free to submit comments:
Fill out the Comment Form.
Montana Department of Transportation
PO Box 201001
Helena MT 59620-1001
Indicate comments are for project CN 7668.