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Project Overview

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is working with Sanderson Stewart and the City of Great Falls on the 9th Street NW Reconstruction project. This project is a joint effort between the City of Great Falls and MDT, nominated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) process.

The project will reconstruct 9th Street NW from Central Avenue W to NW Bypass. As part of the project, the deteriorating pavement will be replaced, storm drains will be upgraded, the existing signal at NW Bypass and 9th Street NW will be upgraded, and ADA-compliant curb ramps and sidewalks throughout the project limits will be installed.

9th Street NW Reconstruction Map

9th Street NW Reconstruction Map.

Project Timeline

The next steps will be completing the project’s design, followed by securing the necessary Right-of-Way (ROW) to construct the project. MDT, the City of Great Falls, and Sanderson Stewart will work directly with landowners and businesses to ensure the project design meets the public’s needs and provide the smoothest ROW process possible. Construction is tentatively planned for 2026, depending on the completion of the design and the availability of funds.

Impacts on the Public

Parking along 9th Street NW may be disrupted for the duration of this project, and some of the existing city boulevards currently used as parking on the road’s shoulder will be replaced with new sidewalks. To schedule a meeting to discuss parking disruptions and replacement, please reach out to ellacXYZstrategies360ABCcom. Other construction impacts may include reduced speeds, single-lane traffic, temporary street closures, and flagging operations.

Engineer to English

Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs): Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in Billings, Great Falls, and Missoula developed Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs) in partnership with local and state governments as part of MDT’s ongoing commitment to a comprehensive, cooperative transportation planning process.

Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO): A group in an urban area of more than 50,000 people responsible for transportation planning. It is a partnership between a locale and the federal government that helps guide investment decisions for projects like this one. MPOs identify opportunities to improve safety, plan improvements, and analyze trends.

Right-of-Way: Right-of-way consists of the legal right to make a ‘way’ over, or use, someone else’s land. MDT may acquire right-of-way by buying a piece of land or purchasing an ‘easement’ for specific transportation or public utility use (fiber internet, natural gas, power lines, etc.). Most easements are on private property though some are owned by the state, city, or county.

Easement: A right created by an agreement to cross or use someone else’s property for a specific purpose. Examples may include placing utilities through a specific property or the necessity to access another property.

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