I-315 is the second smallest interstate in the United States. It is also a main thoroughfare for traffic in the Great Falls area. To ensure that these roads continue to provide smooth travel for commuters, travelers and shoppers, the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is conducting the Fox Farm/Ulm project.
The project area includes I-315 - from I-15 to the Country Club Boulevard/Fox Farm intersection - as well as the I-15 exit ramp at 10th Avenue South, and the 14th Street Southwest bridge ramps. These roads will be resurfaced and guard rail will be replaced. Additionally, the left-turn-lane on Country Club Boulevard, at the intersection with Fox Farm Road, will be lengthened to accommodate increased traffic. Finally, the section of I-15 stretching from Ulm to the Emerson Junction interchange will be chip sealed. United Materials is the prime contractor for this project.
The project is expected to begin in early-July and continue through the summer. Construction on the 14th Street bridge will take place during daytime hours and a single lane of travel in each direction will remain open while the work is completed. Work on the various ramps, however, will be conducted at night and will require complete closures.
We know these roads are a main route for residents and visitors. Our goal is to keep you informed as the project moves forward to reduce delays and frustrations. Digital road signs and advertising, as well as emails and text updates to subscribers, will keep residents and travelers in the know about construction progress and upcoming ramp closures. Please plan ahead, especially during peak travel hours, as delays and congestion may occur.
Pavement preservation projects like this one ensure that the roads you drive everyday remain in good condition.
Pavement preservation is an umbrella term that covers a range of different techniques used to keep good roads in good condition. For this project, MDT is using an overlay, applying pavement to the current roadway.
MDT performs preventative maintenance around the state. Just like regularly changing your car’s oil, you’ll see Montana Department of Transportation crews and contractors working to protect pavement with regularly scheduled maintenance projects. Keeping good roads in good shape makes more sense than putting all resources towards roads that have fallen into serious disrepair.
Preventative maintenance, known as “pavement preservation,” helps ensure that good roads remain good, and don’t fall into poor condition. Roads in truly bad shape require a lot more money, time and resources to fix up. Pavement preservation keeps more Montana roads from falling into serious disrepair. That means preventative maintenance keeps Montana drivers from experiencing major road construction, which has more delays, detours and longer timelines to complete work.
Instead of waiting until a road deteriorates to the point where it would require millions of dollars to repair, resulting in lengthy traffic disruptions that could extend for an entire summer or more, pavement preservation extends the life of those roads with minimal investment and disruptions. In this way, the Montana Department of Transportation helps Montana roadways remain beautiful, safe, effective, and economical.