BILLINGS — The Bundy Bridge fishing access site near Pompeys Pillar 30 miles east of Billings will remain closed over the holiday weekend for construction on the access road.
Construction crews are replacing a steel culvert under the access roadway, which was damaged by high water in 2011. The old, damaged culvert was removed earlier this month, leaving the road impassable. Construction started last week, but is progressing slower than anticipated. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks plans to reopen the site late in the first week of September.
The steel culvert washed out during flooding in July 2011. FWP contractors temporarily reseated the damaged steel culvert a year ago to provide limited public access to the Yellowstone River during the winter. Replacement with a new concrete structure was scheduled for May, but high water during spring runoff delayed the project until August and technical troubles have stretched the construction into September.
Current plans call for crews to complete the project and reopen the site on Thursday, Sept. 6. During the construction, the site is inaccessible even by foot and FWP is asking sportsmen to avoid the heavy equipment and workers in the area.