Montana Department of Transportation

Active Project

Madison Street Bridge Rehabilitation

For the week of June 26:

Frontier West crews will be pouring concrete decking this week in the southbound lanes of the Madison Street Bridge. Once the concrete decking is poured, and during the curing process, crews will be working on installation of railing, lighting, curb and sidewalks on the bridge. In addition, the rehabilitation work on the bridges steel frame, which will aid in the longevity of the bridge and rust control, continues.

Water buoys remain in place in the Clark Fork River, below the Madison Street Bridge, to direct all water crafts, 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.

For the duration of the second half of the project, there will be large openings due to deck removal in the southbound lanes. All pedestrians and cyclists are asked to not enter the work zone or underbridge under any circumstances, day or night. Protective barriers have been installed to ensure that no debris falls from the bridge into the trail system below.

Underbridge info:
The pedestrian/bike underbridge below the Madison Street Bridge, which connects the Milwaukee river trail on the south side of the river to Ron’s River Trail on the north side of the river, remains closed. The underbridge closure is in place due to safety reasons while crews remove and replace the bridge decking in the southbound lanes of the Madison Street Bridge directly above.

Pedestrians and bikers are now able to cross via the newly widened sidewalk in the northbound lanes of the Madison Street Bridge. For details on alternate routes visit Missoula Parks and Rec Trail Maps. Additional and nearby, river crossings for bicyclists and pedestrians are available at the Van Buren Walking Bridge and Higgins Ave Bridge.

The underbridge will reopen with the completion of the Madison Street Bridge Rehabilitation in August of 2017. Until that time, pedestrians and cyclists are asked to please not use the Underbridge during the closure at any time.

Trail System:
The trail system will remain open throughout the project with the exception of the trail access via Maurice Ave directly south east of the bridge.

Please plan additional time if you are a cyclist or pedestrian wishing to cross over the river via the Madison Street Bridge.

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view of the Madison Street Bridge from underneath

Join us::
There will be public meetings for the Madison Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project taking place every other Monday at 11am at the Double Tree Inn located at 100 Madison St.

The meetings will allow members of the public a chance to discuss progress with members from Frontier West and MDT and get questions answered about the project.

Work will not be taking place on the bridge on the 3rd and 4th of July for the observance of Independence Day. The next 2 meetings will be taking place on July 17th and July 31st.

Hear us:

  • Montana Public Radio
  • The Mountain 102.5 FM
  • The Blaze 96.3 FM

Ask us::

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call Mike Murphy at 728-8499 or sign up for the .

Watch us:

view of the Madison Street Bridge from the northwest

Project Overview:

On November 21, 2016 work on the Madison Street Bridge support structures took place and on January 10, 2017 work on the bridge deck began with reduction of traffic down to two lanes and the removal of the bridge decking. Despite the cold weather delays in early January, the project remains on schedule.

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 new lighting and railings, bike lanes, and expanded protected sidewalks. Work also includes repair of the bridge’s support structures. The anticipated completion date of the Madison Street Bridge Rehabilitation is August 2017, weather permitting.

For the duration the Madison Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project, Frontier West recommends using alternate routes and encourages drivers to plan additional travel time, especially from 7:00 am to 9:30am and 4pm to 6pm, as there will be traffic delays on the bridge during these times.

Please obey all signage and remember that fines do double in work zones. Crews will be in operation Monday through Friday from approximately 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.