By Griffen Smith
of the Pathfinder 

Boy Scout bridge needs replacement


August 10, 2023

Jackie White, Contributed

One pillar on a row of timber piles that hold up the Boy Scout Bridge. The Montana Department of Transportation recently lowered the weight limit to three tons.

The bridge on Boy Scout Road that spans the Clearwater River could need major repairs or a complete rebuild after an inspection this September, according to the Montana Department of Transportation and Missoula County.

The bridge was constructed out of wood in 1937. Thousands of people travel over it each year to get to campgrounds and other recreation opportunities in the area. MDT ordered Aug. 1 that the bridge must be limited to vehicles under three tons within the next 30 days.

"A 2022 underwater inspection indicates that many of the timber piles exhibit extensive rot and decay with s...

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