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Zimmerman Trail Opens

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We have good news for many people in our area. Zimmerman Trail is open again.

The situation has caused many people to change their travel routes for a while now. Residents of Rehberg Ranch had to make a long detour through Downtown Billings to get to the West End. Now, they say they are excited the road is open again.

"I have not been on it since it was opened but I plan to in a little bit,” said Roger Gipson, a resident in the Rehberg Ranch neighborhood, off of Montana Highway 3. “And we, I can bet, my sister doesn't know yet, but we are thrilled. They will be thrilled. I’m sure everybody up here is thrilled."

Since Zimmerman Trail closed because of a rock fall towards the end of March, he and his sister had to take the long way around

"My mother who lives at St. John’s was undergoing radiation therapy everyday,” Gipson said. “And so everyday one of us would have to drive down to 27th Street and then back up to St. John’s. So it was a lot of running back and forth on Rimrock Road that we normally wouldn't do if Zimmerman was open."

City engineer Debi Meling says the rockfall contract finished eight days early, so workers started fixing the guardrail and road early.

"People have been incredibly patient,” Meling said. “The detour for this road is a long, long ways, so it's created congestion so it has required a lot of patience for everybody for this work to get done."

Meling says the next project will be for two rock formations above 6th Avenue North. She says work will begin Tuesday and the road will be closed on the weekends.

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