The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is proposing to rehabilitate the Montana Highway 200 Bridge over the Clark Fork River, near Trout Creek, to increase the long-term viability of the facility. The goal of the project is to repair, rehabilitate, or replace the bridge deck due to its deteriorated condition. Additional repairs include new bridge rail, spot painting of the riveted existing steel girders, miscellaneous structural repairs, and new approach guardrail. In addition to bridge rehabilitation, the project will include utility coordination, environmental considerations, traffic management planning, and roadway approach work near the bridge ends.
Collaboration and coordination will be critical throughout project development, as it will be a challenge to identify constructible solutions while minimizing disruption to traffic during construction. Accordingly, MDT has determined that Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) is the best project delivery method.
Project Location Map
The project is located on Montana Highway 200 (MT-200), in Sanders County, approximately one mile northwest of the community of Trout Creek. The total project length is approximately 0.44 miles. The project limits are RP 27.96 to RP 28.40. The bridge crosses the Clark Fork River (NBI structure number P00006028+01091).
The project design is scheduled to be complete in late 2019. Construction will begin June 2020. The bridge will be closed to traffic during construction. In the interest of public safety, traffic cannot be maintained on the structure while work is in progress. MDT is moving forward with a full 6-week closure to rehabilitate the bridge all at one time. MDT is working with the design and construction team to incorporate accelerated construction methods that minimize impacts to traffic. Construction crews will be working to complete bridge work as expeditiously as possible, which will include day, night and weekend shifts, to open the bridge safely and prudently.
MDT has been coordinating with local emergency services, including law enforcement, fire, and ambulance, in addition to the US Forest Service, US Postal Service, and County solid waste, for their input and to keep them apprised of the project so that they can address appropriate coverage and services when the bridge is closed to traffic.
Communication with the local and traveling public is a priority for MDT. We understand this project will impact the community. MDT has been meeting with key community organizations and businesses to inform, educate and address questions prior to construction. Your comments are appreciated as MDT develops the final design plans for construction.
Comments can be submitted electronically or by emailing the project contacts linked on the right-hand side of the screen.
To submit a comment, visit MDT's Online Comment Form.
Please note that your comments are for the Clark Fork 1 Mile NW Trout Creek project, UPN 8022000.