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Culvert replacement, reconstruction of Montana Highway 212 underway near Charlo

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News from the Montana Department of Transportation  

CHARLO – Due to a structural failure on a combination irrigation and drainage culvert, approximately five miles south of Charlo, the Montana Department of Transportation began road repair and replacement of this culvert on July 27.

The metal culvert, likely installed when the road was originally constructed many years ago, experienced significant rusting over time. The rust caused the culvert to lose its structural integrity and collapse. The culvert is used for water irrigation and drainage for the surrounding area but is currently incapable of funneling the volume of water required to meet current demands.

“As a farm kid myself, we are certainly sensitive to the needs of the agricultural community,” said Bob Vosen, MDT Missoula District Administrator. “Our priority is to restore water flow through the area and to do it as quickly and with as little disruption possible.”

MDT will replace the culvert and reconstruct a section of Montana Highway 212. Doing so will require a detour of traffic to Crow Dam Road and Ridgeway Road. This detour is an additional four miles of gravel road. Along with reduced speeds through the detour route, drivers can expect digital road signs and traffic signals to alert travelers to construction.

Highway 212 is not only accessed by area residents but is quite frequently used by tourists as a cut through to Glacier National Park. Work on the culvert is anticipated to continue through mid-August. All drivers should plan additional time to travel through the area.

Anyone desiring more information on the project is encouraged to send an email to or call the project hotline, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 406-207-4484.


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