Watch Flathead Bridge Construction in Real Time

By Beacon Staff

This is pretty cool. The Montana Department of Transportation has set up a Web cam for those interested in keeping tabs on the ongoing bridge construction on Holt Stage Road east of Kalispell. The new bridge is expected to be finished by late summer and will replace the Old Steel Bridge, which was built in 1894. From MDT:

Those interested in watching the progress of the bridge replacement project near Kalispell can visit www.montanadotwebcams.com/flathead_river.htm. A Montana Department of Transportation webcam provides real time images of the ongoing construction.

A new 720-foot welded plate girder bridge is being constructed across the Flathead River on Holt Stage Road. The new bridge is just south of the old 600-foot steel truss bridge two miles east of Kalispell.

MDT installed the webcam on a trial basis to monitor its use on claim resolution, constructability issues for design personnel and the potential for webcams to aid in traffic control. This project was chosen for the webcam trial due to the complexity of the construction including having the largest drilled shafts ever constructed by MDT and the large, curved steel girder structure of the bridge.

Construction of the bridge and new approaches is expected to be completed by late summer. Project cost is $8.7 million.

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