Clearwater Junction Intersection
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and contracted engineering firm, Robert Peccia & Associates, are exploring improvement options for the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 83, more commonly known as Clearwater Junction. A number of crashes have occurred here, and traffic congestion is common during the busy summer months.
In addition to local traffic, Clearwater Junction serves as a connection point for travelers from Helena, Great Falls, Missoula, the Flathead Valley, and the numerous small towns in between. Thousands of tourists and commercial trucks travel through the intersection every day. Clearwater Junction is a popular stopping point for many travelers because of the access to fuel, a convenience store, an MDT rest area, truck weigh station, and the busiest watercraft inspection station in Montana.
The goal of this project is to reconfigure the intersection to improve safety and traffic flow for all highway users. Through a comprehensive, and data-driven analysis process, a wide range of intersection improvement options will be evaluated. Stakeholder and public feedback will be encouraged throughout all project phases to ensure MDT identifies a solution that best meets the traffic and safety needs of Clearwater Junction and all who travel through the area.
Before a final solution can be selected and constructed, the project team must study the feasibility of all improvement options for Clearwater Junction and nearby areas. This includes assessing consideration of cost, funding sources, timing, and both benefits and impacts to the area. The preliminary phase of the project is currently scheduled for completion in the fall of 2021. A final design and construction schedule will be determined following the analysis of all alternatives.