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Public Comment Being Sought to Temporarily Close the Madison River at Varney Bridge Due To Construction Activity

Rules

12/14/2018

FWP is taking public comment on a proposal to temporarily close the Madison River to all uses during the replacement of the Varney Bridge over the Madison River on Secondary 249, approximately 8 miles south of Ennis beginning April 2019. This project, being undertaken by the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) will require the contractor to provide safe public float passage, including a 40’ wide by 6’ high effective opening between in stream construction-related obstructions, and appropriate navigational signage and hazard posting. MDT anticipates that there will be times when construction activities will create unsafe conditions for the public and requests that FWP be prepared to temporarily close the river and/or the entire Varney Bridge Fishing Access Site (FAS) on a short-term basis to all use in the proximity of the construction site. MDT has asked the Fish and Wildlife Commission to authorize a rule that would let FWP, in consultation with the local commissioner, temporarily close the river and/or the Varney FAS on a short-term basis during the construction timeline March 15, 2019 to November 15, 2019. The contractor, with confirmation from MDT, would be required to notify FWP of each occurrence of such a request. FWP would only consider closures in the interest of public safety and if there are no other reasonable alternatives available. The public is invited to comment on any aspect of this closure proposal, including the timing, duration or necessity. Comment period is December 14, 2018 to January 13, 2019.

Contact Information

Email fwpfsh@mt.gov or mail to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Attention: Fisheries Division, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620

Public Comment

The public comment period for this public notice ended on Sunday, January 13, 2019.