Montana Department of Transportation

Active Project - MDT - Dern / Springcreek Road Intersection Improvements

Dern / Springcreek Road Intersection Improvements

Project Overview

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.