MISSOULA — Contractors are taking a holiday break from working on the Higgins Avenue Bridge, although the same detours will remain in effect through Christmas weekend.
Crews have been busy on the $16.5 million project since October and already have removed much of the deck on the "downstream" side of the bridge over the Clark Fork.
In fact, they've already started installing the new supports for the wider bridge deck that provides more room for pedestrians and bikes.
Next week, some of that work will expand to the area close to the lower level of the Wilma Theater.
Work will halt through this weekend, but resume on Monday.
The Montana Department of Transportation is thanking everyone for their cooperation and patience, and reminding drivers to watch their speed, and for bicycles navigating the construction zone.
Crews will also break for New Year's weekend.
The first half of the project should be complete in May or June.