Construction wrapping up on Beartracks Bridge, Mullan roundabouts

Bret Anne Serbin

Winter weather descending on Missoula is forcing the conclusion of a busy summer construction season, but not before two major local infrastructure projects — the Beartracks Bridge and the Mullan BUILD roundabouts — reach temporary completion.

One lane of traffic in each direction on the Beartracks Bridge is expected to open before the Thanksgiving holiday next week, according to Matt Straub with the Montana Department of Transportation.

The Montana Department of Transportation said one lane of traffic in each direction on the Beartracks Bridge is expected to open before the Thanksgiving holiday next week. (Music by Travis Yost)

“We’re focusing on the right fix at the right time,” Straub said.

For MDT, that meant opening the bridge temporarily in October, then disrupting traffic northbound again to facilitate repairs.

This week, crews were pouring concrete, which necessitated a five-ton weight restriction on the bridge. Next week, they’ll be grinding and removing barriers. As weather permits, they will also perform striping, which will allow the bridge to open up both lanes.

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Straub said snow is currently the biggest holdup in the process to fully open

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