Livingston, MT – The Sixmile bridge located on the Yellowstone R.D., Custer Gallatin National Forest will be replaced startingSeptember 2, immediately following Labor Day Weekend. The project, expected to take approximately three weeks will increase capacity of the crossing and bridge to withstand and accommodate potential debris-flow from the 2013 Emigrant Fire in an effort to help alleviate downstream infrastructure impacts. Much of the recent Emigrant Fire burned at a moderate to high severity in the Sixmile Creek drainage and the existing bridge is undersized due to increased runoff potential. Additional sections of washed out road is also scheduled to begin in the next couple weeks.
“Between the bridge replacement and the road improvements, we will be helping to improve our infrastructure on National Forest System lands and attempting to alleviate some of the downstream affects from the Emigrant Fire,” said Lauren Oswald, Deputy District Ranger Yellowstone Ranger District. “Once the two construction phases are complete we look forward to opening the drainage to the public. Our crews have also spent a considerable amount of time and effort treating weeds and rehabbing the trails in the Sixmile Creek drainage heading to Monitor Peak.”
During the bridge replacement and road construction the Sixmile Creek Road (#348) will be closed to all traffic at the first gate located adjacent to the County road. The bridge replacement is the first of two improvement pieces. The second construction phase will be improving sections of road washout further upstream.
For information on the status of the project call the Yellowstone Ranger District at: 406-222-1892. For general information on the Custer Gallatin National Forest visit us online at www.fs.usda.gov/custer orwww.fs.usda.gov/gallatin, like us on Facebook – The Forest Service – Custer Gallatin National Forests or follow us at Twitter: @Gallatin NFor @CusterNF.