The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to announce a proposal in Great Falls to reconstruct 9th Street NW from Central Avenue to NW Bypass and to reconstruct Watson Coulee Road from Vaughn Road to NW Bypass. The purpose of the proposed project is to improve the deteriorating roadway pavement, upgrade the existing storm drain system, and provide ADA compliant sidewalk and curb ramps. The project is a joint effort between the City of Great Falls and MDT, nominated through the Transportation Improvement Program or TIP process.

Aimed at confirming the best available options for reconstruction, the 9th Street NW/Watson Coulee Road project is currently in the preliminary design phase and affected residents can expect contact from MDT staff and members of the project team during this phase. Construction is tentatively planned for 2026 depending on completion of design and availability of funds.

An important part of properly planning for future projects is partnering with the community.  The Montana Department of Transportation welcomes the public to provide ideas and comments on the proposed project. Comments may be submitted online at or in writing to Montana Department of Transportation, Great Falls office at PO Box 1359, Great Falls, MT  59403-1359.  Please note that comments are for project UPN 9810000.

The public is encouraged to contact Great Falls District Administrator Jim Wingerter at (406) 454-5897 or Consultant Design Engineer J.R. Taylor at (406) 444 7636 with questions or comments.

Additional communication on the project will continue throughout the year and any parties interested in receiving project updates and information should provide their name, email, and mailing address to Nik Griffith with Strategies 360 at

Alternative accessible formats of this document will be provided on request. Persons who need an alternative format should contact the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Transportation, 2701 Prospect Avenue, PO Box 201001, Helena, MT 59620. Telephone 406-444-5416 or Montana Relay Service at 711.