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Missoula Bone and Joint’s new surgery center will be built soon after approval from the Missoula City Council on Monday night.

The nearly 32,000-square-foot, two-story expansion will be added to the orthopedic center’s Mullan Road offices.

The surgery center will be open 24 hours and offer more convenient care for patients, President Gary Willstein said. They can simply take them next door, rather than move to a hospital for surgery and recovery.

“We expect to add that to our repertoire of what we do already,” Willstein said.

 The addition will be built on a vacant area of Bone and Joint’s land off the intersection of Mullan Road and Great Northern Loop. There won’t be an added entrance or exit off of Mullan Road.

City law requires any commercial expansion over 30,000 square feet to be approved by the council, according to Drew Larson with Development Services. The council approved the addition unanimously, with Ward 4 representative John DiBari absent.


A public hearing was opened on a facet of the new library project Monday as well.

The library is asking the city to give up some right-of-way in the large boulevard sidewalks that surround their building site on Front Street, to allow for wider sidewalks, more landscaping, and a bus dropoff area.

The council will take a final vote on the right-of-way decision at its March 12 meeting.

The council also approved hiring WGM Group to build out water and sewer mains during the upcoming Russell Street Bridge construction. This is an ongoing part of the city’s efforts to coordinate construction projects, to lower costs and for the sake of efficiency.

The contract is for just under $56,000 to be paid out of the water and sewer department funds. 

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