Armington Bridge repair on May 26 county agenda

Cascade County and TD&H Engineering are preparing a Treasure State Endowment Program grant application for the Armington Bridge and the County Commission is holding a public hearing on the project during their May 26 meeting at 9:30 a.m.

The meeting will be conducted via Zoom and is available here.

The existing Armington Bridge has five piers in Belt Creek that cause severe flooding when debris and trees become lodged against the bridge structure, resulting in health and safety hazards.

The county and TD&H are conducting three public meetings, one was in March, to discuss potential improvement options for the Armington Bridge and gather input from the public.

The draft preliminary engineering report and environmental checklist review are available here.

According to the preliminary report, the preferred option is replacing the bridge with a three-span girder that has two piers in the creek.

The estimated cost for that option is $2.083 million. According to the presentation for the May 26 commission meeting, the funding strategy include $500,000 in TSEP grant funds and $1.583 million from the county through road and bridge funds, levying mills and an intercap loan.

To submit comments, the public may do so during the meeting or send written comments to TD&H Engineering at 1800 River Drive N., Great Falls, MT 59401, or email to, no later than 10 a.m., June 1.

Commissioner will again consider the application during their June 9 meeting.

The TSEP grants are a program through the Montana Department of Commerce and applications are due June 12.