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Great Falls North – March 19 – Construction Update

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) will begin full road construction on US Hwy 87, between Dent Bridge Road to just north of Great Bear Avenue, on March 22, weather dependent. Schellinger Construction crews will begin working on the north end of this seven-mile work zone to remove asphalt from the existing roadway. Traffic will be controlled by pilot cars and drivers should anticipate flaggers directing them through one lane.

As many know now, MDT has completed the embankment, or foundation soil, placement portion of the US Highway 87, Great Falls project. This fall, Schellinger Construction crews placed embankment along both sides of the roadway to prepare the soil for this year’s work. Allowing it to settle over this winter has created a great foundation for crews to begin road-widening work. Schellinger Construction crews will be working to widen the roadway with added passing lanes and turn lanes through November of 2021. Then, the team will return briefly in 2022 to complete the project.

Passing and turning lanes will be added intermittently throughout the seven-mile stretch. This route has seen an increase of traffic over the years with travel occurring between Great Falls, Fort Benton and Havre. The purpose of this road expansion is to increase traffic flow and safety for drivers throughout the area.

As construction begins, drivers can anticipate delays. Drivers are encouraged to be cautious and aware of workers and equipment present in the work zone. Updates to come each week as construction continues throughout the year. MDT encourages the community to reach out with any questions!

Please call 406-207-4484 or email Becca at becca@bigskypublicrelations.com with any questions or to sign up for project updates. Text updates are also available by texting "GREATFALLS NORTH" to 41411.

This will be the last update until spring approaches.

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Water truck cooling the new pavement on East Main Street.
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