Montana Department of Transportation

Working with MDT

Upcoming Projects

The Montana Department of Transportation does not currently maintain a specific long range plan for consultant utilization. As projects are nominated, internal staff analyzes the capability for MDT to complete the work internally, at which time the decision is made to design with internal MDT staff or to utilize a consultant firm.

Be sure to check out the Current RFQs and RFPs page to see current project/term contract solicitations.

The table below contains known projects/term contracts coming up that the MDT is planning to utilize external consultant services for at this time.

Table 1 - Known upcoming projects that will utilize external consultant services
Project / Term ContractGeneral Scope of ServicesProjected Date of Consultant Selection
Gold Creek Rest Area Study to evaluate options for the Gold Creek Rest Area facility. The study will evaluate two alternatives: a reduced-services option (truck parking), and an abandonment option. The end result of the study will be a report that evaluates the need for continued reduced services at this location and summarizes the costs associated with those services. Additionally, the study will include an analysis of the costs associated with an abandonment option. 2017/2018
Cultural Resources Term Contracts Term contracts for conducting cultural and archeological resource inventories for specific projects. The purpose of the resource inventories is the identification and evaluation of known or suspected cultural or archeological resource sites within the project's area of potential effect. Fall 2017
Reserve – East Proposed capital improvement project on Secondary Highway 258 from reference post 0.0 to 11.4. Initial project analysis will be performed using the Other (OT) phase in order to evaluate viability of project scope, complete pre-NEPA activities, evaluate capital improvement options, identify the preferred improvement option, and to develop an accurate construction estimate. The selected consultant for the OT phase will be retained for full design services, depending on the viability of improvement options (if no viable options are identified, the PE phase will not be pursued). Firms will be evaluated and selected based on their qualifications to complete both the OT and PE phases. Winter 2017/2018
Bridge Load Rating Term Contracts Term Contracts for NBIS load rating services on an as-needed basis for bridges statewide. It is expected that the work will be in calendar years 2018-2020, as MDT's current Bridge Load Rating Term Contracts expire in December 2017. Fall/Winter 2017
Conner – South Proposed capital improvement project located on US 93, south of Darby, starting at RP 16.24 and ending at RP 23.24. The project will include either a re-evaluation of the existing Environmental Assessment (EA) or a new environmental document. The EA is available here. The FONSI is also available here. The consultant will be required to provide comprehensive design services necessary for the project, including (but not limited to) roadway design, bridge design, geotechnical (retaining walls, rock cuts, blasting, bridge foundations), survey, environmental document, public involvement, evaluation of wildlife accommodation, hydraulics (large culverts), R/W design, and R/W acquisition. Fall/Winter 2017
Whitefish Stage Road – Kalispell Proposed capital improvement project located on S-292. Preliminary project limits are from RP 0.5 to RP 9.3. Initial project assessment and preliminary development will consist of an Other (OT) phase study to evaluate the scope and length of the project. The selected consultant will be retained for providing full comprehensive design services, if a feasible treatment is determined. These services include (but are not limited to) roadway design, geotechnical investigation, analysis and design, survey, environmental document, public involvement, hydraulics, R/W design, and R/W acquisition. The budget for this project is limited, as it is a secondary highway; however, the goal is to reconstruct as much of the roadway as possible. There have been a few safety projects that reconstructed small segments within the project limits. These locations will not need to be reconstructed. Fall/Winter 2017
Ice Box Canyon Proposed capital improvement project located on MT 35, north of Bigfork, starting at RP 32.1±, and ending at RP 33.2±. The project will include a re-evaluation of the existing Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA is available here. The FONSI is also available here. The preliminary scope of the project includes improvement of the roadway alignment through Ice Box Canyon, drainage improvements, clear zone improvements, widening of shoulders, installing a left-turn lane at Chapmen Hill Road, accommodation for bicyclists, and improved access management. The project will include 12' driving lanes, and 5' shoulders. There is also a potential shared use path included in the project. The consultant will be required to provide comprehensive design services necessary for the project, including (but not limited to) roadway design, geotechnical investigation, analysis and design, public involvement, hydraulics, R/W design, and R/W acquisition. Utility relocation will also likely be necessary with the project. Some survey has been completed, but additional survey will be necessary. Winter 2017
Salmon Lake Proposed rehabilitation or reconstruction project located on Highway 83 from RP 4.83 to RP 8.99. The proposed scope of work from the 2011 Revised SOW Report was to pulverize and widen the roadway to a 30’ top. However, ti is likely that the scope of the project and the width of the roadway will need to be evaluated. There is limited space available along the corridor, and the design should minimize impacts to structures on private property. A subsurface investigation was completed for the project in January of 2013, and a report prepared with information and recommendations. The consultant will be required to provide comprehensive design services necessary for the project, including (but not limited to) roadway design, geotechnical investigation, analysis and design (including potential soil nail walls), survey, public involvement, hydraulics, R/W design, and R/W acquisition. A categorical exclusion was completed in 2010 for this project; this document will need to be reviewed, and wildlife accommodations will also need to be a consideration. Winter 2017
Quartz Flats Rest Area Phase 1 analysis to evaluate options (do nothing, rehabilitation, reconstruction, etc.) at the Quartz Flats Rest Area. Presently, the Quartz Flats facility is functional, but will need upgrades to remain viable over time. Similar to other I-90 Rest Areas, the site sees quite a bit of use and is experiencing some capacity issues (truck parking, wastewater, etc.). The end result of the Phase 1 analysis will be a report that analyzes improvement options necessary to address site deficiencies, and summarizes the current and future costs (including maintenance) associated with the improvement options. Winter 2017/2018
Hwy 78 Path & Walks-Columbus Transportation Alternatives project for the design of ADA compliant multi-use paths, sidewalks, curb ramps, roadway crossing improvements (rectangular rapid flashing beacon, crosswalk markings, and signing). The project is located in Columbus along East Pike Avenue (S-306) between Quarry Street and North 3rd Street, along Highway 78 (P-78) between Ich-Ke-Pe Park and East 1st Avenue South, along East Pike Avenue (P-78) between Diamond Street and North 9th Street, and along North 9th Street (P-78) between East Pike Avenue and Granite Peak Park. The project was selected as part of the 2017-2018 round of Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding and the TA application from the City of Columbus is available here. Winter 2017/2018
7th Ave NW Sidewalks- Choteau Transportation Alternatives project for the design of ADA compliant sidewalks, curb ramps, driveway and alley approaches. The project is located in Choteau along the west side of 7th Avenue NW between the Choteau High School and 7th Street NW. The project was selected as part of the 2017-2018 round of Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding and the TA application from the City of Choteau is available here. Winter 2017/2018
Sidewalks Phase II-Cascade Transportation Alternatives project for the design of ADA compliant sidewalks, curb ramps, alley approaches and a retaining wall. The project is located in Cascade along 3rd Street between 4th and 2nd Avenues South, along 2nd Street between 4th Avenue South and Central Avenue, and along 3rd Avenue South between 1st and 3rd Streets. The project was selected as part of the 2017-2018 round of Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding and the TA application from the Town of Cascade is available here. Winter 2017/2018
Sidewalks-Fairfield Transportation Alternatives project for the design of ADA compliant sidewalks, curb ramps, curb and gutter, and crosswalks. The project is located in Fairfield along 2nd Avenue North between 6th and 7th Streets North, along 1st Avenue North from mid-block between 4th and 5th Streets eastward to 7th Street North, along 5th Street North from 1st Avenue North southward approximately 100 feet, along 6th Street North between 1st Avenue North and Central Avenue, along Division Lane from Central Avenue West southward approximately 450 feet, and along Central Avenue West from Division Lane to Parkway (Highway 89). The project was selected as part of the 2017-2018 round of Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding and the TA application from the Town of Fairfield is available here. Winter 2017/2018
Sidewalks-Twin Bridges Transportation Alternatives project for the design of ADA compliant sidewalks, curb ramps, curb and gutter, and crosswalks. The project is located in Twin Bridges along West 6th Avenue between Wray and Main Streets, along North Bridge Street between West 5th and 6th Avenues, along West 5th Avenue between North Bridge and Main Streets, along Wray Street between West 8th and West 6th Avenues, and along West 8th Avenue from Wray Street eastward to mid-block. The project was selected as part of the 2017-2018 round of Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding and the TA application from the Town of Twin Bridges is available here. Winter 2017/2018
O St-Bennett St Connector-Livingston Transportation Alternatives project for the design of ADA compliant shared-use path, sidewalk, and curb ramps. The project is located in Livingston along Park Street (N-11) from O Street eastward to connect with the existing shared-use path near Veteran’s Bridge, and along O Street between Callender Street and Park Street. The project was selected as part of the 2017-2018 round of Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding and the TA application from the City of Livingston is available here. Winter 2017/2018
Lewis & King St Walks-E Helena Transportation Alternatives project for the design of ADA compliant sidewalks, curb ramps, and crosswalks. The project is located in East Helena along the north side of East Lewis Street between Lake Helena Drive and Oak Ave and along the south side of East King Street and west side of North Montana Avenue between Radley School and East Clinton Street. The project was selected as part of the 2017-2018 round of Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding and the TA application from East Helena Public Schools is available here. Winter 2017/2018
Nyhagen Rd Path-Cut Bank Transportation Alternatives project for the design of an ADA compliant multi-use path. The project is located in Cut Bank beginning at the eastern terminus of the sidewalk along Highway 213 (S-213) eastward along the south side of Hyhagen Road for 0.9 miles, south along the western edge of the Cut Bank sports complex and Glacier County Historical Society for 0.5 miles and ending at Old Kevin Highway. The project was selected as part of the 2017-2018 round of Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding and the TA application from Glacier County is available here. Winter 2017/2018
Benton Avenue Path-Helena Transportation Alternatives project for the design of an ADA compliant multi-use path. The project is located in Helena along the east side of Benton Avenue from the intersection with the Centennial trail just north of the access road to the City of Helena Transfer Station, north across the railroad tracks and continuing north to the terminus of the existing paved multi-use path near the intersection of Benton Avenue and Elmwood Lane. The project was selected as part of the 2017-2018 round of Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding and the TA application from the City of Helena is available here. Winter 2017/2018
Bike/Ped Path II Hwy 93-Kalispell Transportation Alternatives project for the design of an ADA compliant multi-use path. The project is located in Kalispell along the west side of Highway 93 adjacent to the Kalispell Youth Athletic Complex from the tunnel under the highway just north of Three Mile Drive, extending north approximately 900 feet to the terminus of the recently constructed shared-use path in the Spring Prairie Phase IV development. The project was selected as part of the 2017-2018 round of Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding and the TA application from the City of Kalispell is available here. Winter 2017/2018
Main Street ADA-Deer Lodge Transportation Alternatives project for the design of ADA compliant curb ramps and sidewalk. The project is located in Deer Lodge along Main Street between Texas and California Streets. The project was selected as part of the 2017-2018 round of Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding and the TA application from the City of Deer Lodge is available here. Winter 2017/2018
Round Butte Rd Path-Ronan Transportation Alternatives project for the design of ADA compliant sidewalk, multi-use path, curb ramps, and landscaping. The project is located in Ronan along Round Butte Road from the Ronan Middle School westward to the existing path west of the railroad tracks. The project was selected as part of the 2017-2018 round of Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding and the TA application from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes is available here. Winter 2017/2018
Main Street - Winnett Comprehensive design services for a capital improvement project on Main Street in the community of Winnett. The specific location is on Secondary Highway 244, from RP 23.9 to RP 24.7. Preliminary analysis indicates improvements are needed to the surfacing section, curb, gutter, sidewalk, ADA ramps and storm drain features. This project will be initially developed under the Other (OT) Phase to determine a specific scope and realistic cost and schedule. The selected Consultant will be retained for PE services to develop the final design. Winter 2017/2018
Kalispell Bypass – South Half Comprehensive design services for a capital improvement project on the Kalispell Bypass. The intent of this project is to widen the existing 2-lane portion of the Bypass to 4 lanes (Foys Lake Road to US 93). Additionally, the project will include new grade-separated interchanges at the Airport Road intersection and the Foys Lake Road intersection. Services will be needed The consultant will be required to provide comprehensive design services necessary for the project, including (but not limited to) roadway design, bridge design, geotechnical, survey, public involvement, R/W design, and potentially R/W acquisition. Winter 2017/2018
Agricultural Loads on MT Bridges Special contract to research, analyze, and provide recommendations to MDT regarding agricultural loads on MDT bridges statewide. Most vehicles in Montana must comply with national weight restrictions. Montana State Law, however, contains an exception for a 20% exceedance for agricultural loads (MCA 61-10-144). MDT is seeking assistance from a qualified firm to help gather and analyze available information regarding the actual loads being placed on Montana bridges from agricultural vehicles throughout the state. This research and statistical analysis will identify what proportion of agricultural vehicles are utilizing this exemption, and to what extent they are approaching the 20% overage limit. This information will then be used to help determine appropriate loads and load factors to be used in bridge design, load rating, and load posting bridges across the state of Montana. Winter 2017/2018
Clark Fork – 1 Mile NW of Trout Creek Comprehensive design services for a bridge rehabilitation project of the Clark Fork Bridge, near Trout Creek. The general intent of the project is to replace the deck of this structure, due to the deteriorated condition. Primarily due to the narrow width and need to maintain traffic on the structure, MDT has elected to deliver this project to construction through the alternative delivery method of CMGC. The selected design consultant will be required to provide all of the necessary services needed to work with MDT and a construction Contractor to develop a rehabilitation solution for this structure. Effective communication skills will be critical for this project. Winter 2017/2018
Whitefish Urban Proposed capital improvement project on US 93/Spokane Ave within the urban limits of Whitefish. Preliminary project limits are from 13th St North to 2nd St (RP 126.936 to RP 127.682). Full comprehensive design services are needed, including (but not limited to) survey, roadway design, geotechnical investigation, analysis & design, public involvement, hydraulics analysis & design, traffic analysis & design, bridge analysis (and potentially design), R/W design, and potentially R/W acquisition. Additionally, there may be a new bridge across the Whitefish River, where three culverts currently exist. This will be considered during the design phase. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) have been completed. A re-evaluation of the EIS will be necessary. Coordination with local agencies and stakeholders, as well as public involvement will be important during project development.
Winter 2017/2018
Paradise East (East Section) Proposed capital improvement project on Hwy 200, east of Paradise, on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Preliminary project limits are from RP 85.35 to RP 90.59. Full comprehensive design services are needed, including (but not limited to) survey, roadway design, geotechnical investigation, analysis & design, public involvement, hydraulics analysis & design, traffic analysis & design, R/W design, and potentially R/W acquisition. An Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding Of No Significant Impact (FONSI) have been completed. A re-evaluation of the EA will be necessary. Coordination with the CSKT will be important during project development, as it will be a challenge to find an alignment and grade that is constructible and supported by both MDT and CSKT. The geotechnical component will also be important, given the terrain.
Winter 2017/2018