Montana Department of Transportation

Malcolm “Mack” Long, Director


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Public Involvement

Dodson South Canal

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Open House

The Montana Department of Transportation invites the public to an open house. The project team will provide a general overview of the anticipated design, including detour options, and will be available to discuss community needs with members of the public.

June 8, 2021
4-7 pm;
The event will be open house format to maximize social distancing for attendees; come whenever is most convenient for you.
Dodson School Library
124 1st Avenue W
Dodson, MT 59524

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Project Overview

The bridge over Dodson South Canal, located approximately 1.5 miles south of Dodson on Hwy 204, will be replaced with a new structure. To maintain the safety and effectiveness of the route, the existing bridge, which has been identified as being in poor condition, will be replaced with a 14-foot by 10-foot double-cell concrete box culvert. The roadway next to the new structure will also be reconstructed and other minor enhancements will be considered to improve safety at the bridge location.

Different detour options are being explored for the late Fall or early Spring 2024, depending when water is not in the canal. The length of construction depends on the detour option selected but could run as long as 3 months. The Montana Department of Transportation would like to share different detour options with the community and stakeholders and identify the best detour option for the community. Two detour options have been identified:

  • One option includes a temporary, single-lane detour bridge until the new structure is completed and opened to traffic. An on-site detour is estimated to cost $150,000 or more.
  • The second option includes a 9.5-mile detour to South Wagner Road.
  • A "no-build" option is not feasible due to the current structures' poor condition.
Dodson South Canal Detour Routes map
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The highway provides local access to US Route 2 and Hwy 191. It is an identified school bus route and is used frequently to move agricultural equipment and products.

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