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Great Falls North – June 2022 Construction Update

US Highway 87 Final Improvements Begin June 21

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction will return on Tuesday, June 21, weather permitting, to complete the Great Falls North US Highway 87 project, from Dent Bridge Road to Great Bear Avenue. Final construction activities include chip sealing and painting permanent road lines and markings. Drivers should anticipate minor delays and are encouraged to watch for workers, equipment, and signage when traveling this stretch of highway.

Final improvements will occur in four stages. First, crews will chip seal the project site, which will take roughly two days. Chip sealing, the process of applying a thin film of heated asphalt liquid on the road surface followed by the placement of small aggregates, helps prevent water from penetrating the surface, increasing the durability and longevity of the road.

Crews will then return 24 hours later to sweep loose chips from the roadway and paint temporary road lines. The chip sealed surface is then left to set for 30 to 45 days, after which workers will return for the final stage, applying the permanent epoxy pavement markings and striping. This schedule may change due to the weather, as warm, dry conditions are necessary for chip sealing work.

MDT and Schellinger Construction thank the Great Falls community for their patience and support during the construction of approximately seven miles of improvements on US Highway 87.

This section of Highway 87 now features 12-foot-wide travel lanes and eight-foot-wide shoulders. There are also two travel lanes in each direction, plus a center turn lane from Black Horse Lake Road to just past the top of the north hill. Turn lanes at Black Eagle Road and Morony Dam Road have also been installed. This stretch of highway has seen increased vehicle traffic in recent years, and these improvements will provide a safer and more efficient travel experience for many years to come.

Please call 406-207-4484 or email Sloane at sloaneXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom with any questions or to sign up for project updates. Text updates are also available by texting "GREATFALLSNORTH" to 41411.

Project Map

Water truck cooling the new pavement on East Main Street.

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