Montana Department of Transportation

Bench Boulevard Project

Active Project - Bench Boulevard Project

Bench Boulevard - Hilltop to Pemberton

Construction Status

For the week of May 30, crews will be working from approximately 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Knife River recommends planning for brief delays, side street closures, short-term driveway impacts, and detours for local residents.

During this week, there will be significant work and congestion from Shawnee Drive to Logan Lane as crews continue installing storm drain facilities. This will last for several weeks. Access for residents of Birch Lane, Heights Lane and Steffanich Drive will be maintained in this zone. Dorothy Lane will have access from the east via Kenneth Street and Yellowstone River Road. Through traffic is advised to use Main Street, Hilltop Road, Wicks Lane or Hawthorne Lane in order to avoid traffic congestion and delays. Gainan’s will be available at Hilltop Road and Dietz Auto can be accessed through the work zone.

Knife River will also be finishing gravel placement and continuing work on sidewalks and driveways from Barrett to Pemberton and the paving of this stretch will be underway this week. Pemberton Lane is still closed at Bench, and Heights Vet Clinic as well as private residences can be accessed from the South end of the Pemberton/Barrett closure.

Centurylink and Rocky Mountain Contractors will be completing the relocation of phone lines and the removal of the old phone poles from Wicks Lane to Hilltop by the end of the month.

Looking ahead to the week of June 6, there will be a full closure of Bench from the north side of Barrett Road to the south side of Mattson Lane. Access for residents and the Bitterroot Elementary School will be available. More details to follow in next week’s update.

Knife River is committed to limiting delays and detours whenever possible. We appreciate the partnership of the Heights community in adhering to all signage and flaggers while we work to create a safer roadway and neighborhood. Please be aware that fines do double in work zones.

While crews work in these north and south areas, residents can anticipate the following:

  • Residents of looped side streets Heights Lane, Steffanich Drive, Ahoy Avenue, Kale Drive, Betsy Drive and Mossman Drive will always have one entry to Bench available but construction will alternate which entry is open. Drivers may experience brief delays when exiting onto Bench.
  • Caroline Street will be closed at Bench Boulevard – residents are advised to use Hawthorne Lane.

Suggested Routes for those wishing to avoid traffic congestion

  • Bitterroot Drive
  • Hawthorne Lane
  • Wicks Lane
  • Hilltop Road
  • Main Street

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  • 102.9 FM Cat Country
  • 97.1 FM PopCrush
  • 103.7 FM The Hawk
  • 530 AM (Project frequency provided by MDT)

For questions or concerns about the Bench Boulevard Project, please call 406-281-2098 during business hours.

Thanks to Bench Area residents for your ongoing patience!