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Apr 22, 2014 7:50 PM by Dustin Klemann - Q2 News

Zimmerman Trail to remain closed, rock removal to cost $1-2 million

BILLINGS - A heads-up for Billings motorists who use Zimmerman Trail on a regular basis: The popular thoroughfare will remain closed to traffic until June.

If you're wondering why the road isn't fixed yet, public works officials said that before the guardrails can be fixed, an out-of-state company needs to come in to remove more dangerous rock hanging above the road.

Some of those rocks considered a threat weigh as much as 2,000 tons.

"There is no one in Montana that really does this work," said Public Works Director Dave Mumford. "So they will get here, then it will take a couple of weeks to get the work done, then we will need to do our repair work afterwards. So as fast as we can get it open, we will, but realistically (it will open) sometime middle to the end of June."

The removal of rocks will cost $1-2 million. The money will come from federal highway funds.

Guardrail repairs are expected cost the city less than $50,000.

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