Montana Creek pedestrian bridge still closed, but public can now access it outside of work hours
Due to drilling work, the Montana Creek pedestrian bridge on the Kaxdigoowu Héen Dei, also known as the Brotherhood Bridge Trail, continues to be closed 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, Monday – Sunday, through June 20. Originally, all access to the bridge was restricted through June 20. With a shift in operations, the bridge is now accessible to the public outside of the work hours.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is in the midst of conducting two weeks of geotechnical foundation investigation drilling at the pedestrian bridge site. The work requires setting up a mobile drill rig and associated support equipment at each end of the bridge. All equipment is stored at the end of each work day to allow passage across the bridge. Again, the work day is 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Sunday.
Working in partnership, DOT&PF and the City and Borough of Juneau plan to improve portions of the two-mile Kaxdigoowu Héen Dei. Proposed improvements include replacement of the pedestrian bridge at Montana Creek to provide a larger span for more natural stream movement, drainage work, and asphalt replacement on portions of the trail. The drilling work is a necessary part of the new bridge design process. Construction of the new bridge is anticipated to start the summer of 2023.
For more information about the entire trail rehabilitation project, visit the DOT&PF project page; or contact DOT&PF’s Jessica Eller at (907) 465-2156 or CBJ’s Alan Steffert at (907) 586-0800 ext. 4190.