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Montana contractor selected to build new Russell Street Bridge

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Russell Street Bridge (MTN News photo) Russell Street Bridge (MTN News photo)

MISSOULA - After decades of discussion, planning and design, a Montana-based contractor is the choice to build the new Russell Street Bridge in Missoula. 

And work will be getting underway as scheduled this spring.

The long-discussed plans to replaced the bridge finally resulted in final designs this spring, to replace the aging two-lane bridge over the Clark Fork River in Missoula, which will form the linchpin of plans to rebuild the Russell Street corridor. 

Montana Department of Transportation District Administrator Ed Toavs tells MTN News the bridge contract is being awarded to Dick Anderson Construction. The firm, which has offices in Missoula, Billings, Great Falls and Bozeman among others, has handled a variety of projects for MDT in the past, include award-winning bridge replacements. 

Toavs says work on the $27 million project will start in the spring. Plans call for using the "build alongside" approach the state has been using on other major bridge projects in Western Montana, where the new span will be built adjacent to the old bridge before its taken out of service.

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