Billings District ADA Upgrades
MDT Making ADA Improvements in Big Timber, Roundup, and Hardin Summer of 2019
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Improvements on 1st Avenue and McLeod Street will begin in Late March and are anticipated to take two months. In total 68 curb ramps, five alley approaches, and 520 square yards of new sidewalk will enhance safety and accessibility for all users, and 13 section regrades will improve intersection drainage.
Improvements to curb ramps on 1st Avenue West, 8th Avenue East, and Main Street will begin in June, and are anticipated to take two months. In total 126 curb ramps and 960 square yards of new sidewalk will improve safety and accessibility for all users.
Improvements to curb ramps on Mitchell Avenue and Center Avenue will begin in August and are anticipated to take two months. In total 56 curb ramps, 200 square yards of new sidewalk, and new pedestrian safety features at the intersection of Center Avenue and 3rd Street will improve safety and accessibility for all users.
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and project team are grateful for the patience of residents and business owners within the project area and all those passing through the work zone.
Questions about this project? Call the project hotline at 888-242-7770 or .
This project is part of the MDT effort to improve pedestrian facilities state-wide. Specifically, this project will update sidewalk corners on two city streets in the City of Big Timber, three city streets in Roundup, and two city streets in Hardin. Improvements to sidewalk corners will allow all users to get on and off sidewalks with more ease. These improvements will bring sidewalk access into compliance with the revised ADA standards, allowing greater access for everyone.
About the Billings District ADA Upgrades Project
The Billings District ADA Upgrades project is a component of the statewide ADA Transition Plan. These improvements in Big Timber, Roundup, and Hardin focus on updating curb ramps. Curb ramps are installed in areas where pedestrian traffic transitions on or off the sidewalk and into a crosswalk. In Big Timber, some adjacent alley approaches will be upgraded, and intersections will be regraded. These improvements will also improve accessibility for all residents.
A sidewalk curb with no ramp is difficult to navigate for individuals with disabilities, people who use walkers or canes and other assistive devices like crutches, as well as those pushing strollers and delivery dollies.
The newly updated curb ramps throughout the project feature ramped areas as well as landings for wheelchair users to maneuver.
Additionally, detectable warnings will be installed with each curb ramp. Detectable warnings are the textured and visual contrasting surfaces found in the areas where a curb ramp intersects the street. Detectable warnings provide the tactile warning to users with vision impairments, alerting them that they are entering a vehicular area.
About the MDT ADA Transition Plan
The Billings District ADA Upgrades improvement project is part of the MDT’s ADA Transition Plan. The plan is based on MDT’s ongoing efforts to increase accessibility and to encourage collaboration between MDT and residents across Montana.
The Montana Department of Transportation has established an accessibility baseline for transportation systems. The Transition Plan outlines the methods to ensure MDT offers access to programs and services. The full ADA Transition Plan is available through MDT’s Office of Civil Rights.
Montana is a large state that accommodates many user groups. The ADA Transition Plan helps guide MDT in providing accessibility improvements across the state. From St. Regis to Glendive, Montana communities are benefitting from this commitment to accessibility.