This summer, city workers plan to block off the Scott Street bridge and give it a much-needed facelift. Heavily financed by federal stimulus funds, the two-month project should help kick-start the city's economy with new construction jobs. The repair should help out local checkbooks, as well. As any Northside resident knows, radar-pointing police hang out at the Scott Street bridge the same way they hover around Ruby's Café. The bridge's sharp rise and fall forces even the most astute driver—yes, forces—to break the unrealistic 25 mph speed limit. It's like shooting fish in a barrel, and Missoula's finest staked their claim to the spot ages ago. But now, the barrel's blocked off. While some Northsiders may bemoan months of detours, consider the cold hard cash saved from speeding tickets a nice consolation prize.
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