Great Falls North
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) has started a roadwork project on US Highway 87 north of Great Falls. This project will run through November of 2020 in preparation for full road construction in the spring of 2021.
As of Monday, September 21, Schellinger crews have started placing embankment, or foundation soil, on the sides of the roadway throughout the work zone. These mounds of soil will be left to settle until next spring in order to stabilize the ground, creating a solid base for the new road next year.
Construction equipment has started placing embankment, or foundation soil, at the north end of the seven-mile work zone between Black Horse Lake Road and Dent Bridge Road. Trucks are removing foundation soil from neighboring hills and transferring the dirt closer to the side of the road. The construction crew will work their way south down the US Highway 87 roadway until the embankment placement process is complete.
This fall, during this embankment process, drivers may experience minor delays. In the work zone, speeds are reduced to 35 MPH. Drivers may notice flaggers at intersections along the work zone to inform them of pilot car operations controlling traffic. MDT reminds travelers to please be aware of workers and equipment on the sides of the roadway. There will also be posted signage along the route that will indicate where to slow down. This stretch of road will not be closed this fall.
Next spring, once the area is under full construction, the goal of the US Highway 87 project is to increase roadway capacity by constructing both passing lanes and turn lanes. This will provide for a safer and smoother travel experience for all drivers and accommodate for the growing traffic volumes in the area. MDT will provide more details as spring approaches.
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