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Varney Bridge Replacement

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Project Overview

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is replacing the Varney Bridge. The bridge crosses the Madison River on Varney Road (S-249) approximately eight miles south of Ennis in Madison County.

Varney Bridge Replacement map

The project will improve safety and help reduce water and ice running over the road. The existing Varney Bridge is a 12-foot wide single-lane structure originally built in 1897. The bridge has a pier in the middle of the stream that is an obstacle to water and ice moving under the bridge. During the winter months, water and ice back up on the pier and run over the road.

Improvements include:

  • Constructing a single-span bridge removing all piers in the river.
  • Widening the bridge to include two 12-foot travel lanes, 2-foot shoulders and guardrails.
  • Adjusting the alignment of the road with the bridge to improve sight distances.
Varney Bridge Replacement bridge