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Comments sought for proposed repair of bridges

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The Montana Department of Transportation invites public comments on two construction projects south of Hamilton.

Repairing the bridge over the East Fork of the Bitterroot River on U.S. Highway 93, five miles southeast of Conner is project UPN 9995000.

The goal is to repair the bridge plus the highway 200 feet in both directions, to extend the safe and reliable service life of the structure.

Work would include milling the existing surface, applying a new overlay, chip sealing and upgrading pavement markings.

Construction would take place in 2022, depending on development activities and funding. No new right-of-way or utility relocations will be needed.

The state would like the community to participate in the planning and invites the public to provide ideas and comments.

Submit comments for project UPN 9995000, in writing to Montana Department of Transportation, Missoula office at PO Box 7039, Missoula, MT 59807-7039 or online at mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml.

Replacing the bridge on Skalkaho Highway (MT 38) over Skalkaho Creek is project UPN 9778000.

The project includes pavement reconstruction of the highway for 500-feet beyond the bridge in both directions and realign the North Shoshone Loop intersection.

To provide a long-term safe and economical crossing of Skalkaho Creek that meets modern design standards, work would include milling the existing surface, applying a new overlay, and finishing with a chip seal and upgraded pavement markings. New signage and guardrail will also be installed.

Construction is tentatively planned for 2025 depending on the completion of design and funding. New right-of-way and relocation of utilities will be required. MDT staff will contact all affected landowners before doing survey work on their land then again before construction to discuss property acquisition and temporary construction permits.

Submit comments for project 9778000, in writing to Montana Department of Transportation, Missoula office at PO Box 7039, Missoula, MT 59807-7039 or online at mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml.

For additional information on either project contact Missoula Preconstruction Engineer Jacquelyn Smith at 406-544-5830 or Project Design Engineer Andy Cullison at 406-444‑9221.

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