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Posted on: December 30, 2016

Madison St. Bridge Project: Update for Week of Feb. 13

Project update from the Montana Department of Transportation

For the duration the Madison Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project, the general contractor, Frontier West, recommends using alternate routes and encourages drivers to plan additional travel time, especially from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., as there will be traffic delays on the bridge. Please obey all signage and flaggers and remember that fines do double in work zones. Crews will be in operation Monday through Friday from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For the week of February 13

In addition to work on new decking, construction work of new pier structures below the bridge will continue. These will be a welcome addition in both support and aesthetics.
With the Harlem Globetrotters performing at the University of Montana Adams Center on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and with basketball games taking place on campus on Thursday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 18, please expect delays due to congestion, as traffic is reduced to two lanes on the bridge. When possible, use alternate routes., and with traffic reduced to 2 lanes on the bridge, please expect delays due to congestion and when possible, use alternate routes.
Throughout the duration of the project, due to the deck being removed in the northbound lanes, there will be large openings and all pedestrians and cyclists are asked to not enter the work zone under any circumstances, day or night. Protective barriers will also be installed to ensure that no debris falls from the bridge into the river or onto the trail system below.

Underbridge and Trail System

The pedestrian/bike underbridge below the Madison Street Bridge, which connects the river trail system, will be open until mid-spring. The trail system will remain open throughout the project with the exception of the trail access directly south east of the bridge. However, for safety reasons during excavation, Frontier West will have signage in place at certain trail system access points. Please expect small delays.

Project Overview

On Nov. 21, work on the Madison Street Bridge support structures took place, and work is now underway on the bridge deck.

Headed by general contractor Frontier West, the primary goal of the Madison Street Bridge Rehabilitation is to fix the bridge’s failing bridge deck. In addition to bridge deck repairs, the project features structural, aesthetic and multi-modality improvements such as new lighting and railings, bike lanes, and expanded protected sidewalks. Work also includes repair of the bridge’s support structures. Construction launched in late November with improvements to pylons and other supporting structures under the bridge. The anticipated completion date of the Madison Street Bridge Rehabilitation is August 2017, weather permitting.

Want more info on the project?

Join us weekly:

- There will be weekly public meetings for the Madison Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project taking place on Mondays at 11a.m.

The first public meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn at 200 S. Pattee St. on Jan. 9. However, all of the following meetings will be held at the Double Tree Inn at 100 Madison St. from Jan. 16 through project completion.

Members from Frontier West and MDT will meet with all those who wish to attend to discuss progress and answer questions about the project.

Tune in daily:

•       Montana Public Radio

•      The Mountain 102.5 FM

•      The Blaze 96.3 FM

Ask us:

- If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call Mike Murphy at Frontier West, 728-8499.


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