Montana DOT Proposes Two Substantial Upgrades For Town Along Highway 89

The Montana Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on an upgrade along Highway 89 (Park Way) in Fairfield to make highway intersections, such as this one (Central Ave. at Highway 89) comply with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements.

Last week, the Montana Department of Transportation announced two proposed projects for the Fairfield area.

Both undertakings are focused on heavily-travelled Highway 89, also known as Park Way.

One project is part of a larger effort in northcentral Montana communities to upgrade intersections with Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant pedestrian facilities.

In Fairfield, the project includes intersection upgrades that “are located along Park Way (U. S. Highway 89) from 3rd Avenue Southwest to 4th Avenue North and from Central Avenue West to Park Way,” according to a statement from MDOT sent to the Fairfield Sun Times.

The other communities with proposed ADA upgrades at intersections are:

• In Shelby, the intersection upgrades are located along U. S. Highway 2 (Main Street) from Adams Avenue to 5th Avenue; at Montana Avenue, Second Avenue (Maple Avenue) and Division Street; and on Coyote Pass/Oilfield Avenue from the intersection of 5th Street to 7th Street.

• In Rudyard, the intersection upgrades are located along Reed Street from the intersection of 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue.

• In Conrad, the intersection upgrades are located along 4th Avenue Southwest from Sunset Boulevard to Main Street and along Main Street from 7th Avenue South to 2nd Avenue North.

• In Valier, the intersection upgrades are located along Montana Street from Teton Avenue to Railroad Avenue.

Proposed work includes upgrading existing sidewalk ADA ramps at intersections and replacing portions of sidewalk between intersections. Several locations on 4th Avenue South in Conrad will require select tree removal work.

The purpose of the project is to upgrade existing ADA facilities to meet current standards and improve pedestrian accessibility.

This project is funded by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program funding and is intended to make sidewalk access more attainable for all pedestrians.

The project is tentatively scheduled to begin construction in summer of 2019 and completed in the spring 2020, depending on completion of all project development activities and availability of funding. New right-of-way is not anticipated but some construction permits may be necessary for the project.

To comment on the ADA project:

mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml

Please note that your comments are for project UPN 9650000. Alternative accessible formats of this information will be provided upon request by contacting Alice Flesch, Human Resources and Occupational Safety Division, P. O. Box 201001, Helena, MT 59620; (406) 444-9229; TTY (800) 335-7592; fax (406) 444-7243, or e-mail to aflesch@mt.gov.

Reconstruction Project on U.S. Highway 89 in Teton County

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is seeking comments on a proposal to rebuild about 5.6 miles of U.S. Highway 89 northwest of Fairfield in Teton County.

The project begins at First Lane Northwest at reference post 28.4 and extends northwest for 5.6 miles, ending 0.2 miles southeast of the intersection with Priest Butte Road and 7th Road Northwest at reference post 34.0.

Montana DOT Proposes Two Substantial Upgrades For Town Along Highway 89

The state DOT is also seeking comments on an upgrade for Highway 89, north of Fairfield, starting at 1st Lane NW and running north, ending .2 miles SE of the Priest Butte Rd. intersection.

Proposed work includes earthwork, drainage, surfacing, pavement markings, signing, and finishing with a seal and cover (chip seal).

The purpose of the project is to improve the safety and efficiency of the route by bringing the design up to current standards, including wider shoulders and flatter roadway side slopes.

Construction is tentatively planned for beyond 2023 depending on completion of design and availability of funds. New right-of-way and relocation of utilities will be required.

MDT staff will contact all potentially affected landowners prior to performing survey work on their land. Staff will again contact landowners prior to construction regarding property acquisition and temporary construction permits.

For more information, please contact Great Falls District Project Engineer Christie McOmber or District Preconstruction Engineer Steve Prinzing at (406) 454-5880.

Members of the public may submit written comments to the Montana Department of Transportation Great Falls office at P. O. Box 1359, Great Falls, MT 59403-1359, or online at: mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml Please note that your comments are for project UPN 9537000.

Alternative accessible formats of this information will be provided upon request by contacting Alice Flesch, Human Resources and Occupational Safety Division, P. O. Box 201001, Helena, MT 59620; (406) 444-9229; TTY (800) 335-7592; fax (406) 444-7243, or e-mail to aflesch@mt.gov.