Work is already underway in one of Missoula's riverfront neighborhoods that will see some major changes this summer.
The neighborhood between Orange Street and Russell Street is already under construction, as the city's redevelopment agency completes a city park and extends roadways and trails.
There are three components to the redevelopment in the area:
Building Wyoming Street from the end of Cregg Lane to California Street, completing its connection between Russell and Orange streets. The street will be an urban street with diagonal parking and 16-foot sidewalks in a planned two-block commercial area at the east end, then pass through two blocks of planned residential area.
Replacing the railroad trestle. To allow the street to pass underneath the railroad trestle, the project will include replacement of the old wooden trestle with a new bridge. The City will own the new bridge, and Montana Rail Link will retain ownership of the tracks on top of it.
Completing Silver Park. The 14.5-acre park already has a main riverfront trail with timber frame shelters along it and a boat ramp. Construction throughout the summer will bring a series of internal trails; a large informal play area; a timber frame pavilion with gathering space; public art; and a timber frame picnic shelter. More parking will be added on the east side of the park, serving the park and the civic stadium.
“There will be plenty of room for people to have fun or just to be areas where people can sit and read and be quiet. So I think there will be a variety,” said Chris Behan of the Missoula Redevelopment Agency. “Lots of vegetation and some small trails through it so it's a nice connection I think.”
The new railroad trestle and parking lot should be complete by June 1. The street extension is scheduled to wrap up in September and the park should be done by November.
The construction prompts some trail systems detours as well. Click here for the detour map.