MISSOULA — The much-anticipated pedestrian underpass below Russell Street is opening up to the public.
The Montana Department of Transportation reports that the Milwaukee Trail pedestrian underpass will be officially open for use on Friday afternoon. The underpass part of the Russell Street – Broadway to Dakota project, which includes the construction of the new Russell Street Bridge in Missoula.
“The underpass has been one of the most highly anticipated aspects of this project,” Missoula Acting District Administrator, Bob Vosen, said. “Together, with our partners, we are connecting the community.”
Users should be advised that the staircases leading to and from the underpass to Russell Street will be closed until fully constructed later this month.
Along with the recent installment of the Russell and Wyoming Street intersection traffic signal, the Milwaukee Trail pedestrian underpass will provide a safe path for commuters. Despite being open for use, residents can still expect ongoing construction.
There will be final landscaping within the underpass and updates will be provided to users should limited-duration closures be necessitated. Additionally, the Riverfront Trail connection will be open once the new Russell Street Bridge is finished in 2020.