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Three Dollar Bridge


Madison River Bridge

View from the southeast.

Photo taken by David Jones in September 2018


BH Photo #435345


Polygonal Warren through truss bridge over Madison River on USFS Rd 8381
Madison County, Montana
Open to traffic
Built in 1930 as part of a 2-span bridge over the Jefferson River on US 287; relocated here in 2001.
Polygonal Warren through truss with all verticals
Span length: 177.8 ft.
Total length: 177.8 ft.
Deck width: 19.7 ft.
Also called
Madison River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.83108, -111.51446   (decimal degrees)
44°49'52" N, 111°30'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
12/459333/4964314 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cliff Lake
Average daily traffic (as of 2002)
Inventory number
BH 72159 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 64.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 15, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed from Camelback to Polygonal Warren through truss.
  • May 15, 2019: Updated by Luke: Added category "Relocated"
  • September 29, 2018: New photos from David Jones
  • May 20, 2017: Updated by Dave King: Imported NBI
  • May 12, 2016: Added by J.P.

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  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Madison River Bridge
Posted March 25, 2018, by Matt

This is called the Three Dollar Bridge. This section was moved from (I believe) Sappington on the Jefferson River when that bridge was replaced. Its twin span is still sitting off of Hwy 2 about a mile and a half east of the US287/MT2 junction. I can remember in June 2001 passing this bridge section two days in a row, once north of Ennis and the next day it was south of Ennis on the highway.