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Russell Street Bridge to be shut down for paving

(MISSOULA)- Commuters who use the Russell Street Bridge will need to use alternate routes for a couple of days this week. 

The aging bridge over the Clark Fork River in Missoula is set to be replaced over the next couple of years. However, the bridge needs to remain in service and that means it needs some attention for continued use.

Starting Tuesday morning, and lasting in Wednesday, the bridge will be closed to all traffic so crews can repave the bridge. Montana Department of Transportation says the work will help smooth the rough deck of the bridge and give it enough life to last until the bridge is replaced.


Crews take soil samples for new bridge over Clark Fork

(MISSOULA)- Crews are busy this week taking soil samples and doing other testing to support the construction of the new Russell Street Bridge. 

Replacing the bridge is the key piece of a plan to reconstruct the entire road between 3rd and Broadway. 

The Montana Department of Transportation says drilling rigs will be gathering soil samples and surveyors will be taking measurements this week that will help with the design of the new bridge. The drilling will be taking place around the existing bridge and along the street corridor over the next several weeks.

Although most of that work is off the street, MDT says there could be some minor traffic delays from time-to-time. The drill rigs will be working at each end of the bridge, operating behind the guardrail and out of traffic. Augur trucks will also be taking samples for pole foundations along Russell Street, with 14 of the 37-samples that will have to be drilled at night. That includes the busiest locations at the intersections with West Broadway, Third, 5th Street and Mount Avenue. 

Survey crews will also be mapping all the underground utilities that will be impacted by the project's construction.

MDT is still planning for information meetings in the months to come, giving people a chance to review the bridge and street designs and provide input.