December 8, 2006
The Missoulian recently reported on the Save Our Bridge (SOB) Committee, which has launched an effort to preserve the old Black Bridge over the Blackfoot River in Milltown.
In the next year or so, the pedestrian bridge will need to be replaced or rebuilt to withstand the flow of the Blackfoot River once the Milltown Dam is removed.
With the backing of the Milltown Redevelopment Working Group, Missoula County, the owner of the bridge, has sought funds from the state’s Natural Resource Damage Program to build a new bridge to replace the current pedestrian bridge. According to the county’s NRD proposal (PDF 4Mb), upgrading the existing bridge would undermine its historical integrity and cost the county more than a building a new one.
After several public comment periods, the proposal has been unanimously approved by the NRD Advisory Panel and the NRD Trustees. In a letter to Gov. Brian Schweitzer (PDF), faxed from the Bonner Development Group, the SOB Committee asked that the governor defer signing off on the proposal to allow for additional public discussion.