A Bridge Too Old

The Montaqua Bridge that lies between Joliet and Rockvale is no more. The 91-year-old bridge was removed last week to make way for a wider structure. Carbon County Commissioner John Grewell said the old structure was “failing” and was only designed to take 8-ton loads. Today’s larger vehicles and the fear of it collapsing prompted the closure of it until further notice. Now with money coming from a TSEP grant a new and wider bridge, spanning 24 feet in width and coping with up to 20-ton weights, is expected to take its place by Dec. 19 this year. The overall cost is the project from removal to rebuilding will be  $479,867.60. The contractor Anderson Construction from Great Falls sold the bridge to  Howdy and Shelia Hildebrand of Joliet who spent the weekend cutting up the structure. The parts may be sent to a foundry later to be made into scrap metal.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, November 23, 2017 (All day)
    The Red Lodge Carnegie Library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23, in observance of Thanksgiving Day.  The library will be open on Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25.
  • Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, November 24, 2017 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 8:00am
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 10:00am
    An Overeaters Anonymous group will meet every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Grace Fellowship Church, Absarokee.