Northside Pedestrian Bridge Project

Northside Pedestrian Bridge remains closed; renovation is underway and on schedule

January 2024 update: The Northside Pedestrian Bridge Renovation Project is nearing a major milestone –masonry removal and replacement on both towers is nearing completion. The next major phase begins with removing the temporary steel shoring from under both roofs. Once the shoring is gone, work can begin in earnest to replace the failing interior concrete ramps. The contractor will install temporary stair access to the top floor of each tower for work access and safety.

The project is on track for July re-opening and is within budget. For questions about the project, contact David Selvage, Associate Director, Park Systems & Services, 406-552-6252, selvaged@ci.missoula.mt.us.

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Alternate Routes

The Northside Pedestrian Bridge was a go-to for sustainable commuters, an indispensable connection between the Northside and the rest of town. Knowing your options is important now that it is closed until structural repairs are made. 

  1. Scott Street Bridge: The Scott Street Bridge has bike lanes on both sides and a sidewalk on the west side. This sidewalk can be accessed on the north without having to cross Scott St itself: follow Stoddard St to the end, go under the bridge, and use the ramp to access the sidewalk. Whether walking, biking, or rolling, the bridge’s incline is fairly steep and may require some exertion to get up and some caution going down. The sidewalk has a handrail on one side and a tall fence on the other, narrowing the available space for people walking. People on bikes are encouraged to walk if using the sidewalk instead of the bike lanes.  
  2. Orange Street Underpass: Sidewalks run along both sides of the Orange St underpass, accessible by ramps from N 2nd St and Alder St, or by stairs from the east and west sides of N 1st St and the east side of Railroad St. Remember your lights when biking through the underpass, and be sure to walk your bicycle if using the narrow sidewalks. 
  3. North 2nd Street East: Perhaps the most comfortable of these routes for people riding bikes, N 2nd St has designated bike lanes from A St to Greenough and low traffic volumes. This route does cross the tracks at grade, so give yourself a little extra time in case a train interrupts your trip. There are no sidewalks along this street, though many people use the shoulders of the roadway for walking. 
  4. Mountain Line: The Route 3 bus has recently seen some significant changes. It has switched directions, from clockwise to counter. It now runs north on Orange St, west on N 5th, north on Worden, west on Turner, north on Dickens, west on Rodgers, south on Scott, and east on Spruce back to the transfer center. This bus runs every hour, from 5:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. on weekends.  Download the app for the best transit experience.
Northside Bridge closed, users may detour to Scott Street, Orange Street, or N 2nd St E to Spruce

Improving Alternate Routes

The City and its partners are working to improve detours and alternative routes.  Here are some of the steps we're taking:

  • City Public Works and Mobility and Montana Department of Transportation are working to ensure lighting and sidewalks are in good condition in the Orange Street underpass
  • City Parks and Recreation will prioritize snow removal and ice melt on Orange Street underpass this winter
  • City Police will increase patrols in the area as pedestrians, cyclists and motorists get used to the new routes
  • City crews are looking at ways to improve crosswalks and commuter visibility at several intersections along the detour routes