July 22, 2022

Dern Road and Springcreek Road Intersection, US Hwy 2

Construction will be officially complete after clean-up work this coming week, which will be occurring off the roadway. This will be the last weekly Dern and Springcreek update unless there are other minor details that arise.

Schellinger Construction and the Montana Department of Transportation thank you for your patience during roundabout line grinding work that took place last week.

This was a large project that impacted the Kalispell community. We are grateful for your understanding throughout construction. The roundabout will provide an effective and safe intersection on US Hwy 2 for many years to come.

Curious about other MDT projects and how to get involved? Follow this link to be directed to the Public Involvement page on the MDT website.

100 Deadliest Days: A Reminder Stay Safe and Vigilant in Your Summer Travels

For many Montanans, Memorial Day weekend kicks off the start of summer travel, culminating with Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, these summer months can also be some of the deadliest on Montana’s roads due to increased motor vehicle crashes. This period is known nationally as the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer,” and has historically represented an increase in crashes and crash fatalities on our roadways due to greater traffic volumes and clear travel conditions that lower drivers’ guards.

Before you make plans to travel this summer, commit to safe, lawful behavior and remain vigilant in sharing Montana’s roadways with all system users. Never operate a motor vehicle while impaired. If you’re driving a vehicle, buckle up before you go and insist your friends and family do the same. Using your seat belt is your best defense against serious injury or death in the event you’re in a crash. This is a Vision Zero Message from the Montana Department of Transportation. Learn more about the goal of Vision Zero here: https://www.mdt.mt.gov/visionzero/

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 19, 2022

Dern Road and Springcreek Road Intersection, US Hwy 2

Please see below for a correction to Friday’s update due to new information received.

Wednesday, July 20 through Friday, July 22, Schellinger crews will be grinding stripes (line painting) into the Dern and Springcreek roundabout on US Hwy 2. Traffic will be limited to one lane during the day. Drivers will be directed through the work zone.

Please expect about 10 minutes of delays and be cautious when driving through the area.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 15, 2022

Roadwork on the Dern and Springcreek intersection of US Hwy 2 continues to be quiet until the end of July. No delays are anticipated this coming week.

Construction will be fully complete after Schellinger crews return at the end of the month to epoxy paint the lines on the roundabout. This work requires grinding the concrete.

Traffic control will be in place to direct drivers through one lane of traffic when road grinding and painting occur. Please expect delays and be cautious when driving through the work zone.

Curious about other MDT projects and how to get involved? View our Public Involvement page.

100 Deadliest Days: A Reminder Stay Safe and Vigilant in Your Summer Travels

For many Montanans, Memorial Day weekend kicks off the start of summer travel, culminating with Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, these summer months can also be some of the deadliest on Montana’s roads due to increased motor vehicle crashes. This period is known nationally as the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer,” and has historically represented an increase in crashes and crash fatalities on our roadways due to greater traffic volumes and clear travel conditions that lower drivers’ guards.

Before you make plans to travel this summer, commit to safe, lawful behavior and remain vigilant in sharing Montana’s roadways with all system users. Never operate a motor vehicle while impaired. If you’re driving a vehicle, buckle up before you go and insist your friends and family do the same. Using your seat belt is your best defense against serious injury or death in the event you’re in a crash. This is a Vision Zero Message from the Montana Department of Transportation. Learn more about the goal of Vision Zero

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 8, 2022

The majority of roadwork is complete on the Dern and Springcreek intersection on US Hwy 2. Drivers will not experience delays and crews will not be present at the intersection for the next few weeks.

Schellinger crews will return at the end of July for a few days to epoxy paint the lines on the roundabout. This requires grinding the concrete. Traffic control will be in place to direct drivers through one lane of traffic. Please anticipate delays as this takes place.

After this work is complete, crews will be present on the sides of the roadway to complete final clean-up work. Then, construction is anticipated to be fully complete.

100 Deadliest Days: A Reminder Stay Safe and Vigilant in Your Summer Travels

For many Montanans, Memorial Day weekend kicks off the start of summer travel, culminating with Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, these summer months can also be some of the deadliest on Montana’s roads due to increased motor vehicle crashes. This period is known nationally as the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer,” and has historically represented an increase in crashes and crash fatalities on our roadways due to greater traffic volumes and clear travel conditions that lower drivers’ guards.

Before you make plans to travel this summer, commit to safe, lawful behavior and remain vigilant in sharing Montana’s roadways with all system users. Never operate a motor vehicle while impaired. If you’re driving a vehicle, buckle up before you go and insist your friends and family do the same. Using your seat belt is your best defense against serious injury or death in the event you’re in a crash. This is a Vision Zero Message from the Montana Department of Transportation. Learn more about the goal of Vision Zero

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 1, 2022

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction have completed concrete sealing on the roundabout at the Dern and Springcreek intersection on US Hwy 2. Drivers should not anticipate delays the week of July 4 – 8. Crews will not be present on July 4.

Updates to come as construction comes to a close at the Dern and Springcreek intersection. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout the process.

Summer travel is picking up all over the country! Make a Sober Ride Part of Your Fourth of July Plans.

Continued updates will be provided as construction nears a close.

To help ensure everyone enjoys a safe holiday weekend, law enforcement agencies and the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) will be increasing patrols to watch for and stop impaired drivers on Montana’s roadways. Before you make plans to celebrate Fourth of July, plan for safe, sober transportation and insist your friends and family do the same. Remember to always buckle up before you go, as using your seat belt is your best defense against serious injury or death in the event you’re in a crash. This is a Vision Zero Message from the Montana Department of Transportation. Learn more about the goal of Vision Zero and impaired driving prevention.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 24, 2022

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction will soon be sealing concrete on the roundabout at the Dern and Springcreek intersection on US Hwy 2. Drivers will be directed to one lane during this work.

Due to concrete sealing, Dern Road will be closed Monday, June 27 through Tuesday, June 28. Springcreek Road will be closed Wednesday, June 29 through Thursday, June 30. Please anticipate 5-10 minutes of delay when traveling through the area.

We recognize that roundabouts are a learning curve. Please remember to slow down as you approach the intersection, yield to cars already in the roundabout, and look left before entering. Questions on the roundabout design or how to drive it? Visit the Roundabouts web page.

Continued updates will be provided as construction nears a close.

Summer travel is picking up all over the country! Make a Sober Ride Part of Your Fourth of July Plans.

For many Montanans, Memorial Day weekend kicks off the start of summer travel, culminating with Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, these summer months can also be some of the deadliest on Montana’s roads due to increased motor vehicle crashes.

To help ensure everyone enjoys a safe holiday weekend, law enforcement agencies and the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) will be increasing patrols to watch for and stop impaired drivers on Montana’s roadways. Before you make plans to celebrate Fourth of July, plan for safe, sober transportation and insist your friends and family do the same. Remember to always buckle up before you go, as using your seat belt is your best defense against serious injury or death in the event you’re in a crash. This is a Vision Zero Message from the Montana Department of Transportation. Learn more about the goal of Vision Zero and impaired driving prevention.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 17, 2022

Roadwork on the Dern and Springcreek intersection on US Hwy 2 is scheduled to be completed at the end of July. Crews have completed sealing of the roadway and will soon be completing the final line painting at the end of June and beginning of July.

No major delays are anticipated. However, please continue to be mindful of other drivers, construction crews, and equipment near the roadway.

The Montana Department of Transportation reminds all drivers to remain safe as summer travel begins. Fun Fact Friday: MDT Celebrates Good Roads Day on June 21, 2022.

There are over 73,000* miles of roads open to public travel in our state (including nearly 12,923 miles of MDT routes) that accommodate nearly 13 billion annual vehicle miles traveled (AVMT). Simply put, roads and roadways (including bridges) keep our great state connected and moving forward! The third Tuesday in June marks Good Roads Day – designated by the Montana Legislature in 1947, whereby the people of the state are asked to contribute toward the improvement and safety of public highways (MCA 60-1-104). For MDT, building “good roads” takes time and means a continuous planning process that is underway long before ground is ever broken on a project. It can take eight years to complete a road project, but long-range planning starts anywhere from 1-20 years prior to the project start date. As transportation needs outpace revenue 3 to 1, MDT focuses on safety and preserving and maintaining transportation infrastructure as top priorities; in other words, keeping Montana’s good roads in good order. Join MDT in celebrating Good Roads Day on June 21, 2022, and share what #GoodRoads mean to you!

*Find more facts about funding and Montana’s roads in MDT’s Fact Book.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 10, 2022

Schellinger crews continue drainage utility work around the Dern and Springcreek intersection. Soon, roadways will be prepped to begin line painting work and final clean up. No major delays are anticipated.

Construction is estimated to be completed at the end of July. The Montana Department of Transportation reminds all drivers to remain safe as summer travel begins.

For many Montanans, Memorial Day weekend kicks off the start of summer travel, culminating with Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, these summer months can also be some of the deadliest on Montana’s roads due to increased motor vehicle crashes. This period is known nationally as the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer,” and has historically represented an increase in crashes and crash fatalities on our roadways due to greater traffic volumes and clear travel conditions that lower drivers’ guards.

Before you make plans to travel this summer, commit to safe, lawful behavior and remain vigilant in sharing Montana’s roadways with all system users. Never operate a motor vehicle while impaired. If you’re driving a vehicle, buckle up before you go and insist your friends and family do the same. Using your seat belt is your best defense against serious injury or death in the event you’re in a crash. This is a Vision Zero Message from the Montana Department of Transportation. Learn more about the goal of Vision Zero.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 3, 2022

Construction season is in full swing across Montana as the summer months roll in. Thank you in advance for your patience as work continues at the Dern and Springcreek intersection.

This week, Schellinger crews are completing drainage utility work and will prepare to paint lines and complete final clean up in a few weeks. Crews are also working to mitigate dust throughout the construction zone. No major delays are anticipated.

We understand that driving roundabouts may be a learning curve! As you drive through the roundabout intersection, please remember to slow down, look left and yield to cars already in the roundabout. Be sure to use your blinker when exiting.

Seat Belts Save Lives! Buckle Up, Montana.

For many Montanans, Memorial Day weekend kicks off the start of summer travel, culminating with Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, these summer months can also be some of the deadliest on Montana’s roads due to increased motor vehicle crashes. As part of a nationwide “Click It or Ticket” mobilization running from May 23 through June 5, 2022, law enforcement agencies and the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) will be out to educate motorists and enforce Montana’s seat belt law statewide. Before you make plans to travel, commit to always buckle up before you go, and insist your friends and family do the same. Using your seat belt is your best defense against serious injury or death in the event you’re in a crash. This is a Vision Zero Message from the Montana Department of Transportation. Learn more about the goal of Vision Zero and seat belt safety.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 27, 2022

Drivers will notice drainage utility work and final chip sealing taking place at the Dern and Springcreek intersection on US Hwy 2 through early June. However, crews will not be present on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.

Crews are also working to mitigate dust throughout the work zone.

Similar to past weeks, drivers should not experience delays. Regardless, please be mindful of equipment, crews and other drivers at all times. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is committed to safety. MDT’s approach to improving safety includes education, enforcement, engineering, and emergency medical service. For details click here.

Crews will be present in and around the intersection through July. Please reach out with any questions!

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 20, 2022

As summer approaches, travel on Montana roads increases. Continue to buckle up, stay alert and slow down when driving. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is committed to Vision Zero – zero fatalities and zero serious injuries on Montana roadways. MDT’s approach to improving safety includes education, enforcement, engineering, and emergency medical service. For details visit our Vision Zero section.

Schellinger crews are present at the Dern and Springcreek intersection on US Hwy 2. Next week, final landscaping is occurring. Drainage utility work and final chip sealing will take place at the end of May and beginning of June.

Traffic control will remain minimal, and travelers should not experience delays when driving through the work zone.

Schellinger crews will be returning to the intersection later this summer to complete chip sealing and painting. Updates will be provided on this as the date approaches.

As roadwork wraps up, please reach out with questions or feedback.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 13, 2022

Final construction is taking place on the Dern and Springcreek intersection on US Hwy 2. Drivers will notice the Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction finishing topsoil placement on the slopes and completing final clean up.

Traffic control will be minimal and travelers should not experience delays when driving through the work zone.

Schellinger crews will be returning to the intersection later this summer, for a day, to complete chip sealing. This will be a minor interruption to traffic flow. Updates will be provided on this as the date approaches.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as roadwork wraps up. For a reminder on why the roundabout design was selected, follow this link. This intersection provides a safe and efficient experience for drivers. The Montana Department of Transportation is grateful for the community’s input and feedback as this project came to fruition.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 6, 2022

Thank you for your patience and understanding as roadwork nears a close at the Dern and Springcreek intersection on US Hwy 2. This coming week, the Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction will be completing seeding on the slopes located on the sides of the roadway.

Traffic control will be minimal and travelers should not experience delays when driving through the work zone.

The pedestrian and bicycle path near the intersection continues to be open.

The majority of paving has now been finished. Schellinger crews will be returning to the intersection to finish concrete work. Updates will be provided here in the coming weeks.

Although roadwork is wrapping up, please continue to slow down in the work zone and be watchful of other drivers, equipment and crew members.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

April 29, 2022

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction have completed concrete median work throughout the Dern and Springcreek intersection on US Hwy 2 as well as excavation behind the guardrails. In addition, this past week, landscaping inside of the roundabout was completed. Final construction is moving along smoothly!

This coming week, fencing and placing of topsoil to the sides of the intersection will occur. Starting Tuesday, May 3, drivers can expect to see roadway paving. Pilot cars and flaggers will be directing traffic as final paving takes place. Please anticipate delays of 5-10 minutes.

Please note, Flathead High School and RDO have partnered with Schellinger Construction in the BUILD Montana program. School age students will be onsite in the coming weeks. Please continue to slow down in the work zone and be mindful of this as well as equipment and flaggers.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

April 22, 2022

Thank you for your patience and understanding as the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) continues construction on the Dern Road and Springcreek Road intersection on US Highway 2.

This week, crews are finishing up the curb and sidewalk concrete work as well as the retaining wall on Dern Road. Beginning Monday, April 25, drivers will notice Schellinger crews excavating behind the guardrail on the east side of the project area.

Traffic will be directed by flaggers and pilot cars but should run quite smoothly as trucks are no longer hauling material into the intersection.

Please continue to slow down and be aware of your surroundings when entering the work zone.

Curious about the roundabout design? Check out this link detailing benefits of the roundabout.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

April 15, 2022

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) continues roadwork on the Dern Road and Springcreek Road intersection on US Highway 2. Due to snowfall, construction has been temporarily paused this past week.

Once the ground thaws, crews will resume work on the retaining wall on Dern Road. Traffic will be majorly impacted due to equipment needed on the roadway. The eastbound lane on US Hwy 2 near Dern Road will be closed and traffic will be directed by flaggers and pilot cars through the intersection. Please anticipate 10 – 15 minutes of delays.

In addition to work on the retaining wall, drivers will notice crews beginning concrete work such as curbs and sidewalks throughout the intersection.

MDT reminds everyone to please slow down and pay attention to your surroundings within the work zone. MDT and Schellinger Construction’s priority is to keep drivers and crew members safe at all times.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

April 8, 2022

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) has resumed construction at the Dern Road and Springcreek Road intersection on US Highway 2 and is anticipated to take place between April and August of 2022. MDT is grateful for your patience in advance.

Crews are currently working on the Dern Road retaining wall. During this work, traffic will not be majorly impacted.

Starting mid-next week, after the Dern Road retaining wall is completed, Schellinger Construction crews will be working on the medians in the middle of the roadway on US Hwy 2. At this time, drivers can anticipate traffic delays. Flaggers and pilot cars will direct vehicles through the work zone. In addition, gravel work will be taking place.

A few construction activities remain for 2022, such as final milling, paving approaches, and painting the final roadway lines. Updates will be provided each week as work ensues.

MDT reminds everyone this construction season to slow down when entering the work zone and watch for equipment, workers, and other drivers.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 24, 2021

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 takamiXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 19, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation is wrapping up construction at the Dern Road and Springcreek Road intersection on US Highway 2. Crews are cleaning up in the area and finishing up work for the winter. There are currently no impacts to travel in the roundabout. A few construction activities remain for 2022, such as paving approaches and painting final roadway lines.

MDT reminds everyone this construction season to practice the Three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Takami at takamiXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 12, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation continues construction at the Dern Road and Springcreek Road intersection on US Highway 2 for the week of November 15.

We are nearing the end of construction! Crews are installing guardrail and lights, and are placing topsoil in the project area. Be on the lookout for changing traffic patterns early in the week. Traffic will be limited to one lane while lights are being installed.

TTraffic is flowing through the new roundabout. Dern Road and the bike path that crosses Dern Road will open early in the week. Springcreek Road is open.

Work will soon wrap up for the winter and the intersection will be fully open. While the project will be substantially complete at this time, there are some construction activities that remain for 2022, such as paving approaches and painting final roadway lines.

MDT reminds everyone this construction season to practice the Three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Takami at takamiXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 5, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation continues construction at the Dern Road and Springcreek Road intersection on US Highway 2 for the week of November 8.

Paving work continues. Crews are paving approaches, otherwise known as the driveway and road connections to the main highway, in the area. Residents may also see trucks hauling topsoil and placing topsoil in the work zone. Delays can be expected while paving is occurring.

Traffic will be flowing through the new roundabout. Dern Road and the bike path that crosses Dern Road will both open early in the week. Springcreek Road is also open.

MDT reminds everyone this construction season to practice the Three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Takami at takamiXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 29, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation continues construction at the Dern Road and Springcreek Road intersection on US Highway 2 for the week of November 1.

The main activity this week is paving on US 2. Delays and single-lane traffic are expected on US 2 while paving is occurring. Note that dry and non-freezing temperatures are needed for this work. Delays to the schedule can occur due to weather.

US 2 traffic is traveling through the new roundabout. Dern Road remains closed. The bike path at Dern Road is also closed this week due to safety concerns for pedestrians and cyclists navigating the work zone. Springcreek Road is open and no detour is in place.

MDT reminds everyone this construction season to practice the Three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Takami at takamiXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 22, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation continues construction at the Dern Road and Springcreek Road intersection on US Highway 2 for the week of October 25.

Exciting news! Midweek, crews will begin paving. Note that dry and non-freezing temperatures are needed for this work. Delays to this schedule can occur due to weather.

Traffic is now flowing through the new roundabout. Dern Road remains closed this week as work continues on the connection of this road to the roundabout. Traffic is advised to take an alternate route. Additionally, Springcreek Road is now open and no detour is in place there.

MDT reminds everyone this construction season to practice the Three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Takami at takamiXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 15, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation continues construction at the Dern Road and Springcreek Road intersection on US Highway 2 for the week of October 18.

Traffic will shift onto the new roundabout later in the week! Dern Road will be closed so that work can be finished on the connection of this road to the roundabout. Traffic is advised to take an alternate route. Springcreek Road remains closed until late in the week and a detour onto Yodelin Ridge Road is in place. A map of the detour is available here. Please follow any established detour routes and avoid taking unnecessary detours around the project area.

Schellinger Construction crews continue their work blading on US 2, using a machine to smooth the slopes of the road. Crews are also working on the Dern Road and Springcreek Road connections to the roundabout.

This project remains on track to wrap up substantially next month, with traffic fully flowing throughout the roundabout. However, crews are returning next year for final work on the project.

MDT reminds everyone this construction season to practice the Three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Takami at takamiXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 8, 2021

Construction continues at the Dern Road and Springcreek Road intersection on US Highway 2 for the week of October 11.

Closures and detours remain the same this week. Springcreek Road is closed and a detour onto Yodelin Ridge Road is in place. A map of the detour is available here. Traffic on Dern Road continues to be single-lane traffic managed by portable traffic signals. Traffic on Dern Road is expected to change during the week of October 18. More information on that closure will be provided next week.

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction crews are blading on US 2, using a machine to smooth the slopes of the road. Concrete work continues in the roundabout. Crews are also working on the Dern Road and Springcreek Road connections to the roundabout.

MDT reminds everyone this construction season to practice the Three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Takami at takamiXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 1, 2021

Construction continues at the Dern Road and Springcreek Road intersection on US Highway 2. Please note that Springcreek Road remains closed for the week of October 4 and a detour is in place. To view a map of that detour route, visit this PDF. The detour is expected to remain in place through the end of the week.

Additionally, drivers on Dern Road can expect to see single-lane traffic managed by portable traffic signals. Please be prepared to stop and proceed only as the signal allows. If you are driving on US 2, be mindful of construction workers and equipment. This is for your safety as well as the safety of our crews.

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction crews this week continue their work placing concrete in the new roundabout.

MDT reminds everyone this construction season to practice the Three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Takami at takamiXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours.

September 24, 2021

Active roadwork continues at the Dern Road and Springcreek Road intersection on US Hwy 2. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction are incredibly appreciative of your patience. We recognize that Kalispell has been busy with construction projects this year.

If you missed it last week, take a look at this recent drone footage of the Dern and Springcreek intersection! The roundabout is taking shape.

Starting Friday, September 24 through Friday, October 8, Springcreek Road will be closed near US Hwy 2. Signs will be present to inform drivers, and traffic will be detoured onto Yodelin Ridge Road. Springcreek is closed due to curb and earthwork that will occur over the entire roadway surface. We appreciate your understanding here.

Similar to last week, traffic will be shifted back and forth on US Hwy 2 via flaggers as gravel is placed. Drivers may be stopped or delayed as trucks are moved in and out of the construction zone to complete this work.

Concrete placement continues on the new roundabout. In addition, Dern Road may experience periodic delays from flaggers as crews move materials in and out of the work zone.

Please continue to be patient and mindful as you travel through the construction zone. Account for delays and watch for equipment, workers, other drivers, rough roadway, and reduced speeds.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours.

September 17, 2021

Construction moves forward on US Hwy 2 at the Dern and Springcreek intersection outside of Kalispell. The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction are completing similar work as last week.

Traffic will be shifted back and forth on US Hwy 2 via flaggers as gravel is placed. Drivers may be stopped or delayed as trucks are moved in and out of the construction zone to complete this work.

Concrete pouring continues on the new roundabout. This effort will not directly impact traffic.

In addition, Springcreek Road continues to be detoured. Both Dern Road and Springcreek Road will experience lane closures and delays facilitated by flaggers as construction continues.

Lastly, the bike lane will continue to be detoured for cyclists and pedestrians. Thank you for your patience here.

If you are interested, take a look at this recent drone footage from above the Dern and Springcreek intersection! It's very exciting to see such great progress made.

As you drive through the active construction zone, please be mindful of equipment, workers, other drivers, rough roadway and reduced speeds. 10 – 15 minutes of delays are anticipated.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours.

September 10, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction are grateful for your patience and understanding as they work to create a safe and efficient intersection on US Hwy 2. If you haven't already, check out this Q&A document. This includes details on how the roundabout design was selected.

This week in the work zone, Schellinger Construction is pouring concrete on the curbs around the roundabout.

In addition, traffic will be shifted back and forth on US Hwy 2 as road-leveling and final gravel placement occurs. Drivers may be stopped or delayed as trucks are moving in and out of the construction zone to complete this work.

Springcreek Road continues to be detoured. This week, both Dern Road and Springcreek Road will experience lane closures and delays facilitated by flaggers as construction continues.

Your patience and kindness when traveling through the work zone is much appreciated. Please continue to be aware of other drivers, workers, equipment, signs, detours, and rough roadway conditions as you travel through the intersection.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours.

September 3, 2021

Roadwork continues on the Dern and Springcreek intersection on US Hwy 2 outside of Kalispell. No work is occurring on Monday, September 6.

Beginning Tuesday, September 7, Schellinger Construction will be doing pipe installation work on the west side of the intersection. While this is being completed, drivers will be detoured on either side of US Hwy 2 when passing through the intersection.v

Initial concrete pouring will take place on the new roundabout curbs.

Due to the removal of a portion of Springcreek Road, a gravel detour still exists in this location. On Dern Road, crews will be blading (or maintaining the surface of the road) and placing gravel. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic in this area.

Please continue to be mindful of other drivers, workers, equipment, signs, detours, and rough roadway conditions as you travel through the intersection.

If you missed it last week, here is a link to a video discussing the Dern and Springcreek construction project. If you are not familiar with the project background, we hope this provides helpful details.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours.

August 27, 2021

Thank you for your understanding and patience as the Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction move forward on the Dern and Springcreek intersection project on US Hwy 2. Please continue to be mindful of other drivers, workers, equipment, signs, detours, and rough roadway conditions as you travel through the intersection.

Here is a link to a video discussing the Dern and Springcreek construction project. If you are not familiar with the project background, we hope this provides helpful details.

This week, Schellinger Construction is hauling and placing gravel around the new roundabout location. Trucks will be entering and exiting through Dern Road and US Hwy 2. Drivers will be directed by flaggers and traffic lights as trucks move through the intersection.

A portion of Springcreek Road has been removed and a detour will exist in this location here for the next few weeks. Paving is anticipated to begin in September. Updates will be provided as work progresses.

Bicyclists and pedestrians can continue to expect a detour on the bike path.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours.

August 20, 2021

Roadwork moves forwards on the Dern and Springcreek intersection on US Hwy 2. Drivers should anticipate delays, especially during rush hour.

This week, if the weather remains dry and warm, the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction are completing work on Springcreek Road. Much of the current roadway near the intersection will be removed. Drivers will be directed to travel on a new detour entering and exiting Springcreek Road. Flaggers and traffic lights will be present to direct travelers.

In addition to this, drivers can expect to see haul trucks moving gravel to the new roundabout location. Trucks will be flagged in and out of traffic by the contracting crew, expect minor delays.

Bicyclists and pedestrians can expect to see additional construction on the bike path. This will also be detoured.

Thank you for your patience. Please continue to be mindful of other drivers, workers, equipment, trucks and rough detour roads. MDT looks forward to creating a safe and efficient driving experience for you when the intersection is complete.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours.

August 13, 2021

Construction continues on the Dern and Springcreek intersection on US Hwy 2 outside of Kalispell.

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction are currently on schedule to finish the majority of construction by the end of 2021.

This week, crews will be working to complete storm water pipe installation work. This storm drain system carries rain and snowmelt from the road through underground pipes. These pipes will surround the new roundabout. Due to much of this work occurring off the roadway, drivers will experience limited traffic control as well as limited delays. However, please continue to expect minor delays and be mindful of other drivers, workers and equipment when traveling through the work zone.

This week, the whole intersection will be to grade, or level, and the hauling of material around the project site will be majorly complete. In addition, the earthwork that took place on the sides of the road from Dern Road towards Kalispell is also completed at this time.

The nearby bike path continues to be detoured. Bicyclists and pedestrians will continue to experience delays. Thank you for your patience here.

If you missed it last week, check out this link to a Q&A that describes the 12 alternatives considered in addition to the roundabout. The roundabout design was chosen due to the safety benefits which was the priority of the project.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours.

August 6, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction continue roadwork on the Dern and Springcreek intersection on US Hwy 2 outside of Kalispell.

This week, drivers will continue to be directed through a detour on US Hwy 2. This detour will now be shifted closer to Dern Road. Drivers will need to follow directional signs. Please continue to prepare for about 10 – 15 minutes of delay when traveling through the intersection. We appreciate your patience.

Trucks are also hauling material across US Hwy 2. There will be stoplights and workers to help direct traffic flow. This material hauling is due to grading and earthwork occurring in preparation for the new roundabout.

From Dern Road heading east towards Kalispell, both lanes will be open. However, traffic will be shifted from one side of the road to the other as crews fill and grade the sides of the road.

As a reminder, the bike path continues to be detoured. Bicyclists and pedestrians will experience delays. However, the path will remain open throughout construction.

Did you know that the Dern and Springcreek intersection was extensively studied before a roundabout configuration was selected? Check out this link to a Q&A that describes the 12 alternatives considered. In addition, here is a link to a video of truck drivers testing the roundabout years prior to construction. This intersection design was created specifically for its safety benefits with trucks and large vehicles particularly in mind.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours.

July 30, 2021

On behalf of the Montana Department of Transportation, thank you for your patience and understanding as Schellinger Construction crews work to create an efficient and safe intersection at Dern Road and Springcreek Road. Construction is scheduled to be majorly completed by the end of 2021.

Please prepare for delays when traveling through the intersection and be watchful of detours, equipment, workers and reduced speeds in the work zone. Please account for about 10-15 minutes of delay.

This coming week, drivers will continue to be directed to a detour on the north side of US Hwy 2. This shift is due to removal of portions of the existing road in preparation for the new roundabout. Drivers will need to follow directional signs. Beginning the week of August 2, stoplights on US Hwy 2 will guide traffic as trucks haul material across the roadway.

In addition to this, from Dern Road heading east towards Kalispell, travelers will also experience moving of traffic to other lanes due to earthwork occurring. Both lanes will remain open.

Minor roadwork is taking place on Dern Road and the neighboring bike path continues to be detoured. Bicyclists and pedestrians will experience delays. However, the path will remain open throughout construction.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours.

July 23, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) understands that roundabouts often require a learning curve. If you haven't already, we invite you to visit this link to learn more about roundabout safety, how to drive a roundabout and why roundabouts are sometimes chosen as intersection alternatives.

Construction is in full force at the Dern and Springcreek intersection on US Hwy 2.

MDT reminds drivers to be mindful of changing traffic configurations, workers, equipment and reduced speeds in the work zone. Please account for about 10 minutes of delay when traveling through this intersection.

This coming week, drivers can expect traffic to be shifted to a detour on the north side of US Hwy 2. The detour will be gravel and marked with directional signs and traffic cones. The detour is in place to allow for removal of the old pavement and installation of stormwater pipes.

In addition to this, minor excavation is taking place on Dern Road.

The neighboring bike path will also be detoured as it undergoes improvements. Bicyclists and pedestrians will experience delays. However, the path will remain open throughout construction.

On behalf of the Montana Department of Transportation, thank you for your understanding and patience.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours.

July 16, 2021

Roadwork continues on the Dern and Springcreek intersection outside of Kalispell.

This week, drivers can expect Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger crews to remain present on the sides of the roadway north of the intersection. Here, workers are continuing earthwork.

In addition, drivers will notice machines pulverizing, or grinding, the existing asphalt. This will take place on Dern Road and Springcreek Road. Drivers will be directed to stop and drive around this equipment.

Trucks continue to haul material across US Hwy 2. A detour is located on the highway to shift traffic back and forth as needed while hauling is taking place.

Due to changing traffic control, new equipment and reduced speeds, please account for at least 10 minutes of delay when traveling through the intersection.

On behalf of the Montana Department of Transportation, thank you for your understanding and patience.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours.

July 9, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction continue to make great progress on the Dern and Springcreek intersection on US Hwy 2 outside of Kalispell.

Starting July 12, crews will continue hauling material across US Highway 2. Drivers will notice highway traffic being directed by flaggers and stoplights. Speed limits through the intersection are reduced and up to 10 minutes of delay are expected.

Meanwhile, travelers will observe workers and equipment preparing the northwest side of the intersection with groundwork for a new upcoming traffic configuration. MDT reminds drivers to prepare for changing traffic patterns, signage and location of work over the coming weeks. Please be cautious each and every time you pass through the active construction zone.

Utility work is almost complete on Dern Road and Springcreek Road. However, crews and equipment may still be present.

The Montana Department of Transportation is grateful for your patience and understanding as they work to create a safe and efficient intersection in the coming months.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours.

July 2, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction continue roadwork on the Dern and Springcreek Intersection. Crews will not be present July 2 – July 6 for the holiday weekend.

This coming week, drivers will notice Schellinger Construction teams hauling material from the north to the southwest shoulder of the intersection across US Highway 2. Highway traffic will be directed by flaggers and lights. Please expect reduced speed limits and about 10 minutes of delay. This work is preparation for the roundabout configuration.

Minor utility work is occurring on Dern Road and Springcreek Road.

Pedestrians and bicyclists are reminded that they may also experience delays on the trail due to road work. However, the trail will remain open throughout construction.

Please be watchful of workers, drivers, equipment and signs when traveling through the work zone.

Many roadwork projects are happening in Kalispell this year! Click this link to visit the MDT Kalispell Project map for a useful visual on all 2021 projects occurring in the area.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours.

June 25, 2021

Thank you for your patience and understanding as the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) continues road work on the Dern Road and Springcreek Road intersection on US Highway 2. Please expect delays when driving through the work zone this week.

Drivers will notice Schellinger Construction teams hauling material from both the north and south on US Highway 2. Highway traffic will be directed by flaggers and lights. Please expect about 10 minutes of delay.

In addition, earth and ditch work is occurring on the south side of the intersection parallel to US Highway 2. Much of this earthwork is due to utility relocations occurring in the area. This will take place on the north side of the intersection in the coming weeks.

Pedestrians and bicyclists on the trail will be stopped by flaggers and will also experience a wait due to road work. However, the trail will remain open throughout construction.

MDT reminds drivers and pedestrians to please be mindful of signs, flaggers, equipment and workers throughout the work zone. Our goal is to keep you safe and get you to your destination swiftly.

Many roadwork projects are happening in Kalispell this year! Click this link to visit the MDT Kalispell Project map for a useful visual on all 2021 projects occurring in the area.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours.

June 18, 2021

Roadwork continues at the Dern Road and Springcreek Road Intersection on US Highway 2. The Montana Department of Transportation is grateful for your patience.

This week, drivers will notice Schellinger Construction teams hauling material and doing earthwork on Springcreek Road. Flaggers and equipment will be present. Please anticipate minor delays on Springcreek Road. Traffic is anticipated to flow freely on US 2.

In addition, utility work is occurring around the intersection. Also, guardrails will be removed off the side of Dern Road. While this is occurring, drivers will experience delays of up to 15 minutes and may be directed to single lane traffic on Dern Road.

Lastly, work on the bike path will begin this coming week. Topsoil will be moved on the SE side of the intersection and the bike path will be detoured and separated from traffic. The path will remain open.

Many roadwork projects are happening in Kalispell this year! Click this link to visit the MDT Kalispell Project map for a useful visual on all 2021 projects occurring in the area.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours. You are also welcome to text DERNSPRING to 41411 for updates. *Please note that standard message and data rates may apply. We anticipate sending 1 update message per week and subscribers may request help by replying HELP or opt-out at any time by replying STOP.

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June 11, 2021

This week, official road work begins on the Dern Road and Springcreek Road intersection on US Highway 2. Similar to last week, MDT and other contractors are completing utility relocations. In addition, drivers will notice Schellinger crews working adjacent to the intersection stripping topsoil. Minor delays are anticipated as much of this work is off the highway.

Although this work will be occurring on the shoulder, drivers will notice flaggers present on Dern Road and Springcreek Road as utilities are moved, causing delays of up to 15 minutes. Lastly, crews will be removing the flashing light on US Highway 2. This will occur early in the week and drivers may experience minor impact.

Many roadwork projects are happening in Kalispell this year! Click this link to visit the MDT Kalispell Project map for a useful visual on all 2021 projects occurring in the area.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours. You are also welcome to text DERNSPRING to 41411 for updates. *Please note that standard message and data rates may apply. We anticipate sending 1 update message per week and subscribers may request help by replying HELP or opt-out at any time by replying STOP. Visit mdt.mt.gov/mdt/security_policy.aspx for terms and privacy policy.

June 4, 2021

Dern Road and Springcreek Road Intersection, US Hwy 2 – Construction Beginning

As a reminder, initial roadwork on the Dern Road and Springcreek Road on US Highway 2 will begin soon. Similar to last week, Utility Construction crews are currently completing utility work around the project site. Due to this utility relocation work, Springcreek Road will be closed to through traffic, Wednesday, June 9. Local traffic will be detoured around the construction area during the day and will return to normal later in the day.

Construction and traffic control updates will be given each week moving forward. More detailed updates to come as construction kicks off.

Do you have questions about how the roundabout design was chosen? Here is a link to a Q&A on the project site that details the 12 intersection options that were considered throughout the design process.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours. You are also welcome to text DERNSPRING to 41411 for updates.

May 28, 2021

Dern Road and Springcreek Road Intersection, US Hwy 2 – Construction Beginning

Thanks again to those who attended the virtual and in-person open houses for this project! We appreciate your participation and feedback. If you were unable to attend, the recording of the virtual open house is located at this link.

Initial roadwork on the Dern Road and Springcreek Road on US Highway 2 has not yet begun. Currently, Utility Construction crews are completing utility work around the project site. Drivers can expect no delays when traveling this route as all activities are occurring off of the roadway.

As many now understand, the current intersection configuration will be replaced with a roundabout. The Montana Department of Transportation understands that driving roundabouts can take time to learn. If you are interested, please check out these resources on how to drive a roundabout linked here.

Construction and traffic control updates will be given each week moving forward. Please send neighbors or friends our way if they are interested in receiving regular email updates throughout construction season.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours. You are also welcome to text DERNSPRING to 41411 for updates.

May 21, 2021

Dern Road and Springcreek Road Intersection, US Hwy 2 – Construction Beginning

Thank you to all attendees of the virtual and in-person open houses! We appreciate your participation and feedback. If you were unable to attend, the recording of the virtual open house is located at this link.

Initial roadwork is scheduled to begin on the Dern Road and Springcreek Road intersection on US Highway 2 on May 24, weather permitting. Ultimately, Schellinger Construction crews will replace the current intersection configuration with a roundabout as well as flatten the slope on Highway 2 to increase visibility for drivers.

This week, drivers will notice equipment and workers present as utilities and materials are moved. There may be minimal delays. Initial construction will be adjacent to the roadway.

Construction and traffic control updates will be given each week moving forward. Please send neighbors or friends our way if they are interested in receiving regular email updates throughout construction season.

Questions or interested in receiving updates? Please email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours. You are also welcome to text DERNSPRING to 41411 for updates.

May 7, 2021

A new construction project is beginning in the Flathead Valley this summer. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) welcomes both the media and general public to attend an open house discussing plans and traffic control details for the construction of the new Dern Road and Springcreek Road Intersection on US Highway 2.

There will be two Dern and Springcreek open houses. One will be hosted virtually on Wednesday, May 19, via Zoom; at 12 p.m. (noon). If you are interested in attending virtually, please register at this link. Registration is required to attend.

The second will be held in person on Thursday, May 20 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn in Kalispell (1140 U.S. Hwy 2 W, Kalispell, MT 59901).

During the virtual open house, the Dern and Springcreek project team will be present to discuss project plans and potential impacts of construction. In addition, both open houses will focus on answering attendee questions and gathering feedback.

For those unfamiliar with the project, to provide the safest design, MDT will replace the current intersection configuration with a roundabout. In addition, crews will work to flatten the slope bordering US Highway 2 on both sides of the intersection to increase visibility for drivers.

Initial construction will begin adjacent to the roadway near the northwest corner of the current Dern and Springcreek intersection. Updates will be given each week as work progresses.

If you are interested in regular updates or cannot attend the open house feel free to contact Becca MacLean at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours. You can also sign up for text updates by texting 41411 to DERNSPRING.

February 12, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is beginning construction on the Dern Road and Springcreek Road intersection on US Highway 2 W in Kalispell, Montana early this summer. Work will take place through the majority of 2021 and continue in the spring of 2022.

To provide a bit of background, the Dern Road and Springcreek Road intersection has historically been concerning for both the community and MDT. With the crash history in mind, MDT collaborated with truck drivers, landowners, and community members to gather feedback and determine the best path forward. Now, in early summer 2021, MDT is eager to begin improvement work at this site in order to protect the lives of Flathead Valley residents.

As many know now, the existing configuration at the Dern and Springcreek intersection will be replaced with a roundabout. In addition to this, crews will work to flatten the slope on Highway 2 West to increase visibility for drivers.

Between 2003 and 2014 there were 48 crashes at the Dern/Springcreek intersection causing both injury and death. With this in mind, MDT analyzed 12 different intersection options and a roundabout was selected as the safest and most cost-effective scenario. Roundabouts are highly effective in reducing crashes at intersections which is the primary focus of this project.

Regular updates will increase as construction nears. An open house will also be held this spring as MDT would love to review design plans and answer questions prior to crews breaking ground. More details to come.

Please email if you have questions.

You are also welcome to call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours or text DERNSPRING to 41411 for updates.