City increases budget to repair Northside pedestrian bridge

Bret Anne Serbin

The Missoula City Council increased its budget for the Northside Pedestrian Bridge Wednesday due to the deteriorating status of the bridge’s infrastructure.

“This is a highly important connection for all Northside residents to get to downtown and to the university,” said David Selvage, the city’s parks services and systems superintendent.

Council voted unanimously with three members absent to authorize a $171,000 change order for engineering services on the bridge. HDR Engineers was selected to carry out the engineering services by a request for proposals process.

HDR previously worked on repairs in 2010, and Selvage said parts of the structure have “deteriorated considerably” since then.

Selvage said new cracks in the masonry blocks were recently discovered throughout the bridge, which was built in 1999.  

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“This will certainly impact the total project cost,” Selvage said.

The current timeline for the repairs would see the project going out to bid in November or December, with the award taking place in February 2023. Selvage expects the work to occur throughout summer 2023.

“We’re trying to avoid closure right now,” he added, since there is currently “no reasonable safe alternative detour

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