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Slotnick sees opportunity for future comment on South Avenue Bridge

Posted: 8:21 AM, Jan 15, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-15 10:45:28-05
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MISSOULA — Missoula County Commissioner Josh Slotnick believes people will still have plenty of opportunity to comment as final plans develop for the new South Avenue Bridge.

He made that observation on Tuesday after county commissioners approved a letter asking the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) to take over complete management of the plans to replace the old Maclay Bridge.

We first reported on Monday that Missoula County officials wanted to change the original agreement with the MDT where it would have been the lead agency.

But Slotnick says with the environmental review still underway, he anticipates more chances for people to comment on the bridge plans.

"The big ones are that these environmental documents have to come back. And they have not yet come back and when they do there's lots of opportunity for public comment," Slotnick said. "And if people have issue that's a time and place to take it."

The latest estimates are that construction of the new bridge may not start until 2024.