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

  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am
    An Overeaters Anonymous group will meet every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Grace Fellowship Church, Absarokee.
  • Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 1:00pm
    Long, cold winter getting you down? Get out of the house and join the fun on Sunday afternoon for Bingo to help the homeless pets of Carbon County. Be there for Beartooth Humane Alliance Bingo, Sunday, Feb. 25, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., at the Red Lodge Elks Club.
  • Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 9:30am
    Open 2nd and 4th Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. 206 N ‘D’ Street. More info 662-1060.
  • Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 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.