Construction has wrapped up for the winter on the Dern & Springcreek project.
Travel is open through the area, and drivers can fully utilize the new roundabout.
Schellinger Construction crews will return in 2022 to complete final work on the project. This includes chip sealing the roadway (paving the top layer of pavement) and painting final road lines. Warm and dry conditions are needed for this work.
Thank you for your support and understanding throughout this busy construction season. The Dern & Springcreek team wishes you happy and safe travels this holiday season and looks forward to fully completing this project in the new year.
If you have any questions, please email Takami at
A problem that must be addressed – Vision Zero
The Dern Road and Springcreek Road intersection, located just outside of Kalispell along Highway 2 West, is one of the Flathead Valley’s most dangerous intersections. Between 2003 and 2014, there were 48 crashes at the Dern/Springcreek intersection. One person was killed trying to cross Highway 2 West from Dern Road; another 12 people were seriously injured in crashes during this period. One life was lost, and many others potentially changed forever. This pattern must stop. As such, the Montana Department of Transportation is committed to creating a solution that vastly reduces or eliminates serious injuries or deaths at this intersection.
To find the best solution to improve safety at the Dern/Springcreek intersection, the Montana Department of Transportation has studied 12 different options for improving this intersection and making it safer for the traveling public. At this time, a roundabout has been designated as the safest traffic configuration for the Dern/Springcreek intersection.
Vision Zero is a multipronged initiative with the ultimate goal of eliminating deaths and injuries on Montana highways. Without good roads, bridges, and intersections, traveling safely and efficiently through Montana would be very difficult. More deaths and injuries would likely occur, and it would be harder to do business, visit family or organize public events such as track meets and concerts. Having good roads, bridges, and other transportation systems and educating drivers how to use them is critical to building strong communities and a strong state.