Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - Monday’s dedication of the Beartracks Bridge will cause some traffic detours and closures to accommodate the ceremony that officially begins at 12:30 p.m. and will end up at Caras Park for a Powwow at the pavilion from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

KGVO News spoke to Shane Morigeau, Deputy Executive Officer with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes briefly about the event and some of the traffic details planned in downtown Missoula on Monday.

“We're super excited about the upcoming commemoration and Beartracks bridge dedication event taking place on Monday, October 10, on Indigenous Peoples Day at 12:30 p.m. and then followed by a powwow that goes down to Caras Park,” said Morigeau. “After the dedication is over there will be a procession that'll take the group down to Caras Park for the powwow.”

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Morigeau said the entire day will be an opportunity for all Montanans to come together and celebrate.

“Something that I think is really exciting for Missoula County, the CSKT (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes) in the city of Missoula,” he said. “Everybody has worked so hard to make this happen and we're really excited to share this day with the community. This is a really great way for us to continue to heal together to mold things in a way that really is more inclusive.”

Morigeau provided specific details about the plans to temporarily block off some streets around the area.

“It'll stretch down just part of Higgins Avenue,” he said. “Part of Third Street will also be closed during the event, and there will also be a little bit of road closed off of Myrtle to Higgins. Third Street from Myrtle and then Higgins Avenue from 4th Street to Front Street; Front Street from Higgins Avenue to Ryman; Ryman Street from Front Street to Caras, and then third street from Myrtle to Chestnut will not reopen due to the ongoing construction.”

Click here to see the entire graphic with the street closures and detours during the event.

The roads will be blocked off starting at 11:30 a.m. and then reopened at 2:30 p.m. as the powwow gets underway.

Morigeau said all of western Montana is invited to attend.

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