This 100 year old former Milwaukee Railroad trestle that once carried freight trains through the Montana backcountry is being retrofitted as part of a Rails to Trails project to accommodate bicycles, ATVs, and snowmobiles. This project was made possible thanks to $850,000 in Federal stimulus funding and will open miles of the Milwaukee Road passage through the dense forest toward St. Regis, Montana.
Western Wood Structures supplied the pressure treated 6.75” thick Glulam deck panels which were segmented to match the curve of the trestle. The walkway, which measures about 650 feet and rests 100-feet above Dominion Creek, is 12’ wide with 3-foot pedestrian walkways on either side. The project will be 80% complete before the snow flies this year with final completion scheduled for next spring.
The General Contractor is Dick Anderson Construction of Great Falls, Montana. Western Wood Structures met the tight shipping schedule by having the pressure treated Douglas Fir Glulams delivered in 8 to 9 weeks.