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
Chinook East Comprehensive design services for the reconstruction of US-2 from approximately RP 404.1 to 410.0 to a proposed 40' top width. The railroad is parallel and to the north of the existing roadway with irrigation features to the south. There are 10 bridges on the project anticipated to be replaced with new structures. The project will involve substantial hydraulics analysis and design, including drainage, bridge openings, floodplain and irrigation. Additional services include (but are not limited to) investigation, analysis, and design of roadway, geotechnical, traffic, right-of-way, and environmental elements; survey; public involvement; and potentially R/W acquisition. The Battle Creek Bridge at the end of the project was replaced in 1999 and is expected to remain in place. Passing lanes for the Chinook to Harlem corridor are being evaluated by MDT and may or may not be included with this project.

Additional Information:
Spring/Summer 2019
Road Design Term Contracts The scope of services for this contract is to provide road design services on an as-needed basis via term assignment. Term assignments may range from road design specific tasks for in-house projects to producing a complete plans, specifications, and estimate (PS&E) package for advertisement and construction. Services may also include checking PS&E packages developed by internal MDT staff, feasibility studies, peer reviews or analysis of specific road design issues. The intent of this term contract is to use consultant staff to supplement in-house resources, acting as part of the Road Design Section.

Project types will generally be relatively small in nature but are not necessarily limited in scope or cost. Example project types include emergency repair, pavement preservation, minor and major rehabilitation, and reconstruction, to name a few.
Spring 2019
Bridge Scour Study 2018 Study to evaluate scour issues on 15 state owned bridges (06819 is IRR). The consultant will be expected to investigate the scour and site conditions at each bridge, complete hydraulic modeling for the site, evaluate scour mitigation alternatives, and recommend innovative solutions and preferred alternatives. Field work at each site may involve: general site reconnaissance, underwater bridge investigation, geotechnical investigation, and survey. We are looking for a lead firm with extensive experience in hydraulic modeling, bridge scour, and bridge scour mitigation. At the completion of the initial study phase, if project(s) are advanced to design and construction, the consultant firm selected for the first phase may be retained to complete final designs during the PE phase of the project. Though the initial phase will be for the study only, the consultant will be selected based on their qualifications to complete any and all necessary activities to complete a final PS&E package for construction of a project.

There are a number of locations included in this study. View the list of bridges that are currently planned to be part of this study.
Spring 2019
CMGC Independent Cost Estimator Term Contract for Independent Cost Estimator (ICE) on an as-needed basis for Construction Manager / General Contractor (CM/GC) Contracts. The selected Independent Cost Estimator will provide a series of detailed cost estimates throughout project development for the Department’s CM/GC projects. Estimates developed by the ICE will be used to establish, compare, and approve the Construction Manager / General Contractor’s pricing for a given project. Cost estimates and models will be developed, including all cost elements. The ICE will be required to obtain independent subcontractor and vendor quotes, as well as analyze and critique production schedules. The ICE will work closely with and become a part of the overall Project Team. Spring 2019
Materials Deck Forensic Analysis In 2016, several bridge decks in Montana were experiencing rapid deck deterioration, causing closure of interstate lanes. In an effort to determine potential causes for this deterioration and to determine a course of action in response to this emergency, MDT utilized the services of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Assoc., Inc. under non-competitive provisions for emergency response. The final report of this analysis can be found here: mdt.mt.gov/publications/docs/brochures/Forensic-Deck-Analysis-Report-2017-04-21.pdf MDT is now pursuing further work in this regard to advance detailed practices and specifications for our bridges.

The primary goals of this new project are to:
  1. Assess the performance of new curing procedures,
  2. Observe progression of the cracks on the previously inspected bridges,
  3. Obtain knowledge of internal temperature gradients and stresses on a newly constructed bridge decks,
  4. Optimize the previous modeling efforts, and
  5. Provide any appropriate follow-up recommendations to improve the modified curing procedures.
Spring 2019
Madison River Corridor Study Study to evaluate roadway improvement options on MT-84 from RP 5.0 to 8.0. At a minimum, the study will include geotechnical, environmental, safety and operational analysis necessary to determine alignment and grade alternatives (and costs associated with those alternatives). Additional data elements may be gathered (as necessary) to determine feasibility of various options. Winter 2018/2019
Havre - Northwest Comprehensive design services for the reconstruction of S-232 from RP 0.75+/- to 9.50+/-. The initial stage of design will be to take the project design through the alignment and grade stage to determine the final scope and an accurate cost estimate to determine the end of project limits. Short sections of S-232 have already been reconstructed within the project limits. The consultant will be required to provide comprehensive design services necessary for the project, including (but not limited to) investigation, analysis, and design of roadway, geotechnical, hydraulic, traffic, right-of-way, and environmental elements; survey; public involvement; and potentially R/W acquisition. Spring/Summer 2019
SUE Term Contract(s) Term contract services to provide on-call locating and surveying of above ground and underground facilities. Consultant will locate utilities, produce documentation of utility depth along with horizontal and vertical locations. Fall/Winter 2019