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Red Lodge Northwest Project

Red Lodge - Northwest

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I own land next to the highway. Do I need to move any of my landscaping? Is construction going to start soon?

Don't expect to look out your window one morning and see bulldozers moving dirt and tearing up your lawn. The way our process works is in phases. When we get to what’s called the right-of-way phase (perhaps late 2011), an MDT representative will come visit with you about how the project will affect your property. They will also visit with you about right-of-way needs if required. We will discuss specifics to your property such as fencing, approaches, and so on. Rest assured, long before the ground is disturbed in front of your home, you will have visited with MDT personally and will be able to plan accordingly for the upcoming project.

Whatever came of the one curve versus three curve concept between mileposts 1.9 and 3.5?

An Alternative Analysis for these two alignment options was completed by HKM Engineering and turned into MDT. This document can be accessed on the Downloads page. This Analysis was thoroughly examined by the key stakeholders for this project, and the decision was made to proceed with the design of the project utilizing the option/alternative that follows the current roadway from RP 1.9 to RP 3.5 (three curve option). There will still be minor alignment modifications from what exists in order to provide a safe alignment that meets current design standards.

The decision was based on all information presented in the Alternatives Analysis. The option to follow the existing roadway has fewer social, environmental, and economic impacts, is less costly, and has a higher benefit/cost ratio than the option utilizing a new alignment.

Project development will now continue forward. A preliminary alignment and grade will be established, and another public informational meeting will be held to inform the public of the option chosen.

When is this project scheduled to be built?

At this time, the design for the project is expected to be completed in early 2012, with Right-of-Way negotiations immediately following. The project will then be advertised and awarded to a contractor for construction. The project currently has a target construction year of 2012. It should be noted that MDT's Tentative Construction Plan includes target dates through 2015. It's reasonable to expect dates on projects beyond 2011 to move up or back due to variables including environmental permitting, funding, design, right-of-way acquisition, and utility relocation. These variables are often beyond MDT's control, but the Department does everything possible to keep projects moving toward target dates.