Montana Department of Transportation

Active Project - MDT - Dern / Springcreek Road Intersection Improvements

Dern / Springcreek Road Intersection Improvements

Join us for an open house!

The intersection of Dern and Springcreek Roads sees a high volume of crashes that have resulted in serious injury or death. In the last 11 years, nearly 50 crashes have occurred at the intersection, including one fatality. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) will be making much-needed safety improvements to the Dern/Springcreek intersection by installing a roundabout in the spring of 2021.

MDT recognizes the impact this project will have in the Flathead Valley. As such, an informal opportunity will be provided to share information, demonstrate the extensive study that went into the design, collect feedback, and answer questions during two open houses. These events will be held on March 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 4 to 7 p.m. both at the Hampton Inn Kalispell, located at 1140 U.S. Highway 2 West.

The open houses will be an opportunity for members of the public to speak directly with project staff to have their questions answered while learning about the design process. This will include information as to why a roundabout has been selected as the safest alternative and how this design will differ from those currently in the Flathead Valley.

Both the general public and the media are encouraged to stop by at any point to learn more and speak with the team. Morning and afternoon sessions are provided for the public’s convenience. The same information will be present throughout both opportunities.

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.