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Gallatin County Commission plans to demolish historic bridge near Manhattan

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MANHATTAN - One of the oldest bridges in the state of Montana will likely undergo demolition. The county plans to build a new bridge which will result in getting rid of the 127-year-old Nixon Bridge near Manhattan.

The Gallatin County Commissioner’s Office says that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has been pushing the county to move forward with renovating the bridge to better suit the area for outdoor recreation.

A group in protest of the bridge’s demolition delayed county commissioners from moving forward with the project. Commissioner Joe Skinner, however, says the group failed to come up with resources to save the bridge.

“We had to give the people that wanted to save it a chance to come up with the entity to do it and that wasn’t done to our satisfaction and with the Fish, Wildlife and Parks wanting the bridge out anyway it was pretty easy for us to say we just need to go on,” Skinner said.

The County Commission has the necessary funds for such a project and plans to move forward with the new bridge as soon as possible.

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