For the duration of 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.
This week, crews will finish removing the deck forms, plywood and other materials used for pouring the concrete pouring process on the southbound lanes of the bridge. Once the curing process is complete, crews will begin working on installation of railing, lighting, curb and sidewalks. In addition, the rehabilitation work on the bridge's steel frame continues. This will aid in rust control and increase the longevity of the bridge.
Water buoys continue to remain in place in the Clark Fork River upstream from the bridge. These will help direct all watercraft, including summertime tubers, to opposite sides of the river, away from the potential hazards caused by the rehabilitation. Please do not enter the blocked sections of the river at any time.
Bicyclists and pedestrians, please use the main bridge while the underbridge is closed. Throughout the duration of the project, due to the deck being removed in the northbound lanes, there will be large openings in the bridge. All pedestrians and cyclists are asked to not enter the work zone under any circumstances, day or night. Protective barriers will be installed to ensure that no debris falls from the bridge into the river or onto the trail system below.
The pedestrian/bicycle underbridge below the Madison Street Bridge is closed for safety while crews remove and replace the bridge decking in the southbound lanes of the bridge directly above. Pedestrians and cyclists should watch for signs concerning the closure and detours and should not use the underbridge at any time during the closure. Use the nearby Van Buren Street walking bridge or the Higgins Avenue bridge. The bridge will reopen when the project is complete in August.
Water buoys have been set up in the Clark Fork River below the bridge to direct watercrafts and summertime tubers to opposite sides of the river for protection from the hazards of falling debris from the deck removal. Please do not enter the blocked sections of the river at any time.
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.
Join us weekly:
There will be weekly public meetings for the Madison Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project taking place on Mondays at 11 a.m.
The meetings will be held at the Double Tree Inn at 100 Madison St. 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
- If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call Mike Murphy at Frontier West, 728-8499.
- www.mdt.mt.gov/pubinvolve/madisonbridge for additional information.
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