MDT Completes First Phase of Gardiner Yellowstone Bridge Project; Next Phase Starts Spring 2020
Phase 1 of rehabilitation work on the Yellowstone River Bridge in Gardiner, Montana, has been completed. Surface work on the southbound lane of the bridge is complete, traffic control equipment has been removed, and both lanes are now open to traffic.
Deck milling and concrete overlay, deck replacement, deck milling and concrete overlay on the widened portion of the approaches, expansion joint replacement, and sidewalk repairs are some of the improvements that were made for the first phase of construction.
Phase 2 of construction on the northbound lane will start in early Spring 2020 and continue through early June 2020. MDT will be making the same improvements as were made on the southbound lane.
“We also scheduled the second phase of construction to reduce the project’s impact on the community and its critical tourist season,” emphasized Paul Cogley, MDT’s Project Engineer. “We’re planning to visit with the Gardiner community prior to the start of construction in the spring to give residents a heads up about the project and answer any questions they may have.”
Like the first phase of construction, the second phase will entail alternating single-lane traffic with temporary signals on the north and south ends of the bridge. Although traffic control will entail width restrictions, they will not impact RVs and fifth wheels. For wide loads, a detour also will be available using Old Yellowstone Trail Road to cross the Yellowstone River at Corwin Springs seven miles north of Gardiner. Once construction starts in the spring, travelers are encouraged to allow additional travel time to accommodate delays of up to 15 minutes and are reminded to watch for work crews and equipment and to travel at posted speed limits.
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