Hill County Commission Applies for Funding for Cottonwood Bridge Replacement

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – During Thursday’s Hill County Commission weekly business meeting, the Commissioners approved sending in an application for funding to replace the aging Cottonwood Bridge in northern Hill County.

The bridge, which was built in the 1930’s, is located on Cottonwood Road west of the Wild Horse Highway, is the only bridge in Hill County north of Fresno Dam that crosses the Milk River.

It currently has an 8,000 pound weight limit and has four stringers in need of replacement, as well as major cracks.

With help from Bear Paw Development, Hill County has applied for a planning grant to the Montana Coal Endowment Program from the Montana Department of Commerce.

The County is hoping for $750,000 in funding through the grant, and the commission believes the state may end up covering the rest of the project, which has an estimated cost of $3-$4 million.

The replacement is expected to take three years.

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