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Missouri River and Toston FAS Closure Rule (R3) Proposed

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Tue Aug 14 16:00:00 MDT 2018

The Montana Department of Transportation notified FWP in 2015 of its intention to replace the Highway 287 bridge on the The Montana Department of Transportation notified FWP in 2015 of its intention to replace the Highway 287 bridge on the Missouri River at Toston beginning March 2019. MDT will require the contractor to provide safe public float passage, including a 40-foot wide by 6-foot high effective opening between in-stream construction-related obstructions, and appropriate navigational signage and hazard posting. MDT has informed FWP that it does not anticipate that the construction will create conditions that require temporary closures of the river or the Toston FAS. However, as a precaution, MDT has asked the commission to authorize a rule that would let FWP, in consultation with the local commissioner, temporarily close the river and/or the FAS on a short-term basis during the new construction timeline March 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020. The contractor, with confirmation from MDT, would be required to notify FWP of each occurrence of such a request. The contractor would be responsible for posting signs at upstream and downstream access sites notifying the public about any temporary FAS or river closures. FWP understands that the Missouri River is very popular among the angling public and important to the regional tourism economy. For these reasons, FWP would only consider closures in the interest of public safety and if there are no other reasonable alternatives available.

Contact Information

Travis Horton / Region 3 Fisheries Manager / Bozeman MT 59718 / 406-994-3155

Public Comment

The public comment period for this public notice ended on Mon Sep 10 17:00:00 MDT 2018.