Reconstruction of bridge destroyed by Denton wildfire complete

HELENA – The Montana Department of Transportation said the West Wind Bridge was rebuilt last December.

The fire destroyed the wooden Wolf Creek Bridge at MT81, cutting off the main entrance from west to Denton.

MDT said it was working with Morrison Myiller engineers to build a replacement bridge and frontline West.

Officials say the new bridge is structurally superior to the previous one. It is built with cement, fire protection and an estimated lifespan of more than 100 years.

The West Wind fire broke out on December 1, 2021. Along with the bridge, the fire burned 10,000 hectares of land, 25 primary buildings, 18 secondary buildings and six commercial properties – including the city’s grain elevator.

MDT will celebrate the completion of the bridge and the ongoing rehabilitation of the Denton community on July 13 at the Denton City Library. The event will be held from 5pm to 30pm

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