Montana Department of Transportation

Active Project

Rouse-Oak / Story Mill

For the week of May 22:

Work continues on the first section of the Rouse-Oak to Story Mill Road project, from Oak Street to Bond Street. Excavation, manhole placement, storm drain installation and dust control are in process with curb and sidewalk placement taking place in the coming weeks, weather permitting.

In the near future, as Knife River crews approach the Montana Rail Link crossing on North Rouse Avenue, traffic will be reduced to one lane. During that time, all traffic will be controlled by both temporary traffic lights and flaggers and will last for up to 2 to 3 weeks or until work near and around the railroad crossings is finished.

Plan for the side streets of Rouse Ave:

  • Bond Street remains closed at Rouse Avenue and access for all businesses and residents on Bond will be available via Bryant Street.
  • Access for all businesses and residents adjacent to the project will be available and drivers are advised to plan additional travel time, expect delays and, when possible, use alternate routes.

The Cannery District entrance off of Rouse Avenue is open and drivers are asked to exercise caution when entering Rouse. The entrance off of Oak Street is also open and available.

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Questions or concerns may be addressed to Steve Baeth at 406-388-6832. To sign up for weekly email updates on the Rouse-Oak / Story Mill project, please submit a request .

Join us:

There will be project meetings for the Rouse-Oak Project taking place every other Tuesday at 11am, at 1804 North Rouse.

The meetings will be open to the public and offer a chance to discuss progress and get answers to questions about the project from members from Knife River and MDT.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 23rd.

Work Schedule:

Crews will work Monday through Friday from approximately 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. For the duration of the Rouse-Oak to Story Mill Road Project, traffic may occasionally be reduced to one lane, which may create short delays, increased traffic, temporary loss of access and detours for adjacent residents and businesses. Drivers are advised to please plan additional travel time, please watch for flaggers and remember that fines do double in work zones.

Project Overview

Headed by general contractor, Knife River, work on the Rouse-Oak / Story Mill Bozeman project is scheduled to restart on Tuesday, April 11, weather permitting.

Construction of this project began on November 16, with minor exploratory excavation and utility location and continued through mid December. The project then shut down for the winter and was scheduled to resume beginning to mid April.

The project will extend on Rouse Avenue from Oak Street north to Story Mill Road and includes multiple improvements, such as widening the road as well as adding a turning lane from Bond Street to Story Mill Road. There will also be the addition of new bike paths, sidewalks and landscaping. Additionally, Knife River will install a new storm drain system, water system, and sanitary sewer system as part of the project.

The overall goal of the Rouse-Oak / Story Mill Bozeman project is to develop a roadway better suited to meet the needs of the Bozeman community. The anticipated completion date for the Rouse-Oak / Story Mill Bozeman project is October 2017, weather permitting.

For the duration the Rouse-Oak / Story Mill Bozeman project, Knife River recommends using alternate routes and encourages drivers to plan additional travel time, especially from 7:00 am to 6pm, as there will be traffic delays during these times.