Central Avenue Bridge Reconstruction Project OverviewCrews Wrap Up Rehabilitation Work
October 1, 2011 - Great Falls, Mont. — The eight-week project to rehabilitate the Central Avenue West Bridge in Great Falls wrapped up this week. The eastbound lanes of the bridge re-opened for through-traffic Friday September 30.
Crews with Penhall Company, a highway and bridge restoration company contracted by the Montana Department of Transportation, completed installing new expansion joints, grooving the deck surface and cleaning pier caps this week. Last week, crews placed two new inches of high-strength concrete to the eastbound lanes of the bridge deck.
"We are very pleased that we will complete the project on schedule," said Pat McSorley, the project superintendent with Penhall Company. "We greatly appreciate Great Falls drivers, who have been patient throughout the process and also exercised caution to keep fellow motorists and work crews safe."
The week of October 3, crews will re-paint the center line of the bridge, which may require minimal lane closures at off-peak times. Later this fall or next spring, crews will also epoxy stripe both the Central Avenue West Bridge and Warden Bridge on 10th Avenue South.
Penhall and the Montana Department of Transportation thank the public and local businesses for their cooperation and apologize for any inconveniences the project may have caused.
For the latest construction and weather reports, please dial 511 or visit http://www.mdt511.com. Local residents and businesses may call 406/791.8097 if they have questions or comments regarding the project.