A south Jefferson County bridge will be closed Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 for the first step toward its replacement early next fall.

The closure of Hot Springs Road Bridge over Big Pipestone Creek 7 miles west of Whitehall will occur from 8 a.m. Dec. 2 until 5 p.m. Dec. 3. so that geotechnical drilling can be performed, according to a notice provided by the county.

Jefferson County Commissioner Cory Kirsch said at the Nov. 19 meeting of the Board of Commissioners that the design for the new bridge was expected to be completed in February. Following that, the project to replace it was anticipated to be offered for bid in April, awarded in May, started in mid-July and completed by the end of September.

For more information about the project, call Jefferson County Road Supervisor Rory Parsons at 406-225-4170.

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