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Lt. Governor Walsh tours downtown Missoula, Higgins Ave. Bridge

By Emily Adamson, KECI Reporter, eadamson@keci.com
Published On: Mar 15 2013 05:01:03 PM MDT
Updated On: Mar 15 2013 06:14:25 PM MDT
BRIDGE TOUR
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Montana's Lt. Governor John Walsh took a tour of downtown Missoula Friday.

Walsh said he and Governor Steve Bullock are meeting with constituents all over the state.

“Just to listen to people about issues that are going on in their communities,” said Walsh.

On the list Friday -- Missoula’s Higgins Avenue Bridge. It's soon to be part of a Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) study.

Walsh said he got a brief look at long-term plans for downtown Missoula, including possible adjustments to the bridge. “The bridge is kind of the center stone of what they'd like to build off of.”

As a gateway to downtown Missoula city officials say it’s an area that's important to look at.

“Vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists and other forms of transportation use this corridor and use this bridge. So I think what MDT wants to do is make sure it's in good working condition,” said City Engineer Kevin Slovarp.  

The Madison Street Bridge is also part of the MDT study. Slovarp said the study won’t conclude until February 2014. Depending on the study repairs or improvement would be made to the bridges.

There are also meetings scheduled for public comment on the bridges that will take place throughout the study. NBC Montana will keep you updated when times and dates for those meetings are announced.