Montana Department of Transportation

Bench Boulevard Project

Active Project - Bench Boulevard Project

Bench Boulevard - Hilltop to Pemberton

Construction Status

For the duration of the Bench Boulevard Reconstruction Project drivers are advised to please plan additional travel time as there will be side street closures, detours and brief delays throughout. Crews will be in operation Monday through Friday from approximately 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

During the week of June 27, a full closure of Bench will remain in place from the north side of Barrett Road to the south side of Mattson Lane. This closure will last for about two more months. Full scale road excavation will be underway as crews prepare for gravel placement. Access for residents as well as the Bitterroot Elementary School will be available from the south end near Mattson.

The stretch from Barrett to Pemberton is now paved, striped and open. However, substantial work will be continuing behind the curb on boulevards, signs and street lights. Pemberton is now open at Bench and Heights Vet Clinic as well as private residences can be accessed from the north.

There will also be significant work and congestion from Hilltop Road to Logan Lane. The installation of storm drain facilities continues and crews will place sidewalk and driveway gravel in preparation for concrete. Gainan’s will be available at Hilltop Road and Dietz Auto can be accessed through the work zone from the south. Through traffic is advised to use Main Street, Hilltop Road, Wicks Lane or Hawthorne Lane in order to avoid traffic congestion and delays.

Plan for Side Streets of Bench:

  • Looped side streets:
    -Dreamers Loop, Heights Lane and Steffanich Drive/Ahoy Avenue 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.
  • Side streets closed at Bench:
    -Barrett Road will have access from the east via Hawthorne Lane. Key City Drive, Jaque Lane/Bender Street, Mattson Lane and Shawnee Drive will have access via Main Street. Dorothy Lane will have access from the east via Kenneth Street and Yellowstone River Road.
  • Dead end streets with no outlet:
    -South Wagner Lane, Lambrecht Lane, Kyhl Lane, the alley across from Mattson, and Birch Lane will have access maintained on Bench through the work zone.

Knife River is working hard to complete areas quickly and minimize any hindrance to local residents and businesses. Please be respectful of flagger instructions and stay alert while conditions are changing. Drivers are also reminded that fines do double in work zones and to please abide by the posted speed limits.

Knife River appreciates the partnership of the Heights community while we work to create a safer roadway and neighborhood. To ensure everyone’s safety this summer now that school is out, Knife River urges parents to stress that children keep a safe distance away from all work areas and choose safe routes for walk/bike travel.

Suggested Routes for those wishing to avoid traffic congestion

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

To sign up for weekly email notifications, please . Weekly updates will also be printed in the Billings Gazette and announced Mondays on the following radio stations:

  • 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!