Montana Department of Transportation

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Missoula - Improvements Proposed To Higgins Avenue Bridge

May 5, 2017


Lori Ryan, Public Information
Officer, (406) 444-6821,

Montana Department of
Transportation Proposes Improvements to Higgins Avenue Bridge in

MISSOULA  The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT)
would like to notify the public and seek comments on a proposal to
rehabilitate the Higgins Avenue Bridge over the Clark Fork River.

The purpose of the project is to extend the life of the bridge in a
cost-effective manner by repairing or replacing the deteriorated
elements of the bridge. The project is located within the city limits
of Missoula on Higgins Avenue, at reference post 0.2, between the
Front Street and 3rd Street West intersections.

Proposed work
includes replacing the bridge deck, repair and spot painting of the
steel superstructure, replacing bearings, minor work on the concrete
substructure units, and replacing the lighting. The new bridge deck
will be reconfigured to improve multimodal transportation as much as
practicable given the site and funding constraints. Rehabilitation
options that maintain the existing bridge width and options that
include a widened bridge deck will be evaluated for consideration.
New right-of-way may need to be acquired if the bridge is widened.
Utility relocations will likely be required. The project schedule has
not been determined at this time.

For more information, please
contact MDT Missoula District Administrator Ed Toavs at (406)
523-5802 or Project Design Engineer Mark Studt at (406) 444 9191.
Members of the public may submit written comments to the Montana
Department of Transportation Missoula office at P.O. Box 7039,
Missoula MT 59807-7039, or online at:

Please note that your
comments are for project UPN 8807000. Alternative accessible formats
of this information will be provided upon request by contacting the
Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, MT 59620; (406)
444-9229; fax (406) 444-7243, or e-mail to Those
using a TTY may call (800) 335-7592 or through the Montana Relay
Service at 711.