MDT open house on Varney Bridge replacement

ENNIS - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is conducting an open house meeting on a proposal to replace the bridge on Secondary Route 249 (Varney Road) crossing the Madison River at reference post 7.8 south of Ennis in Madison County.

The open house will be held in Ennis from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Ennis Elementary School Cafeteria (323 S. Charles St.).

The public is invited to visit project displays, ask questions and provide comments on the project. Project team members will be available during the open house to discuss the project.

Proposed work includes removal of the existing bridge and construction of a new bridge with an overhead steel truss superstructure. The roadway approaches will also be reconstructed as needed to match the grade and width of the new structure.

Construction is tentatively planned for 2019 depending on completion of design and availability of funds. New right-of-way and relocation of utilities will be required. MDT staff will contact potentially affected landowners prior to construction regarding property acquisition and temporary construction permits.

Community participation is a very important part of the process, and the public is encouraged to attend. MDT attempts to provide accommodations for any known disability that may interfere with a person’s participation in any department service, program or activity. For reasonable accommodations to participate in this meeting, please contact Jan Nesset at (406) 556-4707 at least two days prior to the meeting.

Opinion, comments and concerns may also be submitted in writing at the meeting, by mail to Jeff Ebert, Butte District Administrator, at the Montana Department of Transportation Butte office at PO Box 3068, Butte MT  59702-3068 or online

Please note that your comments are for project UPN 9038 and submit comments by September 29, 2018.

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