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August 3, 2022

Crews from the Montana Department of Transportation and Highway Specialties Inc. are on site to complete the final stage of the Great Falls North project, where the permanent epoxy pavement markings and striping are applied. The permanent epoxy paint is being applied on the road median and will be applied to the outer lane lines over the next couple of days.

When traveling through the project site, drivers should be mindful of their speed and watch for workers and equipment. Also, watch for signs that indicate areas of wet paint and avoid driving on or over these areas.

Questions or looking for additional details? Please call 406-207-4484 or email Sloane at sloaneXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

July 8, 2022

Work has paused on the Great Falls North, Highway 87 project. Montana Department of Transportation and United Materials of Great Falls crews have completed chip sealing of the project from Dent Bridge Road to Great Bear Avenue. The chip-sealed surface has now been left to set.

Depending on the weather, crews will return and replace the current temporary road markings with permanent epoxy-based markings and striping in approximately two to four more weeks.

Until that time, have a safe and fun-filled summer! We will resume website updates before the crew’s return and provide an updated work schedule

July 1, 2022

Finishing work on the Great Falls North, Highway 87 project is almost complete. Montana Department of Transportation and United Materials of Great Falls crews have completed chip sealing and applying temporary road markings from Dent Bridge Road to Great Bear Avenue.

The newly chip-sealed surface has now been left to set for 30 to 45 days, after which crews will return to apply 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.

When traveling through the project site, drivers should continue to be mindful of their speed and watch for workers and equipment. MDT wants you to arrive at your destination safely! Have a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend!

Questions or looking for additional details? Please call 406-207-4484 or email Sloane at sloaneXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

June 24, 2022

Despite starting a few days later than scheduled due to the much-needed rain earlier in the week, Montana Department of Transportation and United Materials of Great Falls crews have completed chip sealing and applying temporary road markings to the US Highway 87 project, from Dent Bridge Road to Great Bear Avenue.

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 leave the chip-sealed surface to set for 30 to 45 days, depending on the weather, then return for the final stage, where the permanent epoxy pavement markings and striping are applied.

When traveling through the project site, drivers should continue to be mindful of their speed and watch for workers and equipment. MDT wants you to arrive at your destination safely!

Questions or looking for additional details? Please call 406-207-4484 or email Sloane at sloaneXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

June 17, 2022

Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction crews return Tuesday, June 21, weather permitting, to complete the final improvements on 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. Regular weekly email updates will resume to keep you informed of the schedule and update you on the project’s progress.

In the meantime, remember the three S’s of work zone safety: speed, space, and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.

Questions or looking for additional details? Please call 406-207-4484 or email Sloane at sloaneXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

October 29, 2021

Great Falls North Thank You

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction thank the Great Falls community for their patience and support during construction. Approximately seven miles of improvements on the US Highway 87 project, from Dent Bridge Road to Great Bear Avenue, are largely complete.

This section of Highway 87 now features 12-foot travel lanes and eight-foot shoulders. There are also two travel lanes in each direction and 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.

All paving has been completed, including the highway approaches. The rumble strips and temporary paint markings are also finished.

Sign installation work and cleanup will occur this week which will cause minimal to no traffic delays. Speeds are currently 55 MPH through the project zone and drivers are encouraged to continue to be mindful of workers, equipment, and signs. Normal two-lane highway speeds of 70 mph day/65 mph night will resume once the permanent signs have been installed.

Crews will return briefly next summer to chip seal the roadway and apply the permanent paint markings and roadway striping. Travelers should anticipate minor delays while this work is completed. Regular email updates will resume before crews return to inform you of the schedule and update you on the project’s progress.

In the meantime, remember the three Ss of work zone safety: speed, space, and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.

Questions or looking for additional details? Please call 406-207-4484 or email Sloane at sloaneXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

October 22, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction have completed paving on the Great Falls North Highway 87 project! Drivers are now traveling on a smooth asphalt surface from Great Bear Avenue to Dent Bridge Road.

Construction activity continues throughout the project site, so drivers should proceed carefully, watch their speed, and be mindful of workers, equipment, and signs.

Ongoing work includes the installation of signage, fencing, and rumble strips on the center line and shoulders. Crews will return in early summer of 2022 to chip seal and apply the permanent epoxy-based paint markings and stripes.

Remember the three Ss of work zone safety: speed, space, and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.

Questions or looking for additional details? Please call 406-207-4484 or email Sloane at sloaneXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

October 15, 2021

Paving continues on the Great Falls North Highway 87 project. The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction will finish paving the final northern section this week, from Powerline Road to Dent Bridge Road.

Once paving is complete, crews will place interim pavement markings and stripes on the roadway, which will remain until chip sealing begins early summer 2022. Chip seal is a hot oil applied to the road surface and covered with small aggregates (chips), which helps prevent water from penetrating the surface. Once chip sealing is complete, the permanent epoxy-based paint markings and stripes will be applied.

Crews are also seeding the slopes at the side of the highway and have begun installing fencing and signage.

Construction activities continue throughout the project. Please proceed carefully and be mindful of crews, equipment, and signs when traveling through the site.

Remember the three Ss of work zone safety: speed, space, and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.

Questions or looking for additional details? Please call 406-207-4484 or email Sloane at sloaneXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

October 8, 2021

Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction are working on the final stages of the Great Falls North Highway 87 project. While the majority of construction will be completed this season, crews do have plans to be back in the spring to finish the final improvements, including painting and chip sealing.

Next week, crews will be finishing the highway approaches and placing topsoil on the slopes at the edge of the road. Weather permitting, paving will begin later this week on the final, northern section of the project, from Powerline Road to Dent Bridge Road. Most of the project is now paved, and drivers are traveling on the new asphalt surface at a speed limit of 45 mph.

When traveling through the project site, drivers should watch for workers, equipment, and signs and be cautious of surface transitions to and from gravel and asphalt surfaces. On the gravel detour road at the north end of the project, drivers are required to reduce their speed to 35 mph and passing is not allowed anywhere within the active construction zone.

Remember the three S's of work zone safety: speed, space, and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.

Questions or looking for additional details? Please call 406-207-4484 or email Sloane at sloaneXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

October 1, 2021

Construction activity continues throughout the Great Fall North Highway 87 project, from Great Bear Avenue to Dent Bridge Road. Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction are building approaches to the highway and placing topsoil on the slopes at the edge of the road. At the north end of the project, crews are finishing gravel placement operations and preparing to pave. Paving is primarily complete on the remainder of the project, from Great Bear Avenue to Powerline Road.

When traveling through the project site, drivers should watch for workers, equipment, and signs and be cautious of surface transitions to and from gravel and asphalt surfaces. On the gravel detour road at the north end of the project, drivers are required to reduce their speed to 35 mph and passing is not allowed anywhere within the active construction zone.

Once complete, this section of Highway 87 will have 12-foot-wide travel lanes with 8-foot-wide shoulders. From Black Horse Lake Road to just past the top of the north hill, there will be two lanes in each direction, plus a center turn lane. There will also be center turn lanes at Black Eagle Road and Morony Dam Road. MDT’s objective is to provide a safe and efficient travel experience for many years to come. Your safety is our top priority!

Questions or looking for additional details? Please call 406-207-4484 or email Sloane at sloaneXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

September 24, 2021

The fall construction season has arrived! Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction are wrapping up gravel placement operations and are preparing to pave the final northern section of the Great Falls North Highway 87 project, from Powerline Road to Dent Bridge Road. Paving is mostly complete on the remainder of the project, starting in the south at Great Bear Avenue.

Construction activity continues throughout the project site, with crews doing roadside work, such as placing topsoil on the slopes at the edge of the highway. Drivers should watch for signs, workers, and equipment and limit their speed to 45 mph when traveling through the paved section of the project.

When traveling on the gravel detour road in the northern section, drivers must reduce their speed to 35 mph, obey the pilot cars during working hours, and be cautious of the transitions to and from the gravel to asphalt surfaces. Passing is not allowed anywhere within the active construction zone.

Once complete, this section of Highway 87 will have 12-foot-wide travel lanes with 8-foot-wide shoulders. From Black Horse Lake Road to just past the top of the north hill, there will be two lanes in each direction, plus a center turn lane. There will also be center turn lanes at Black Eagle Road and Morony Dam Road. MDT’s objective is to provide a safe and efficient travel experience for many years to come. Your safety is our top priority!

Questions or looking for additional details? If you have questions, please call 406-207-4484 or or email Sloane at sloaneXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

September 17, 2021

Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction have made significant progress on the Great Falls North Highway 87 construction project. Paving at the southern end of the project is complete, and drivers are traveling on an asphalt surface from Great Bear Avenue to Powerline Road. Construction activity is still ongoing in the paved section. Drivers should continue to obey all signs, limit their speed to 45 mph, and refrain from passing until exiting the work zone.

At the northern end of the project, near Dent Bridge Road, gravel placement operations continue in preparation for paving. Drivers continue to travel on the gravel detour road at a speed limit of 35 mph through this section of the project and should be cautious when transitioning to and from the gravel to asphalt surfaces.

Your safety is our top priority! Remember to watch for workers, equipment, surface transitions, and signs when driving through the active construction site.

Once complete, this section of Highway 87, from Great Bear Avenue to Dent Bridge Road, will have 12-foot-wide travel lanes with 8-foot-wide shoulders. There will also be center turn lanes at Black Eagle Road and Morony Dam Road. In addition, from Black Horse Lake Road to just past the top of the north hill, there will be two lanes in each direction, plus a center turn lane. MDT's objective is to provide a safe and efficient travel experience for many years to come.

Questions or looking for additional details? If you have questions, please call 406-207-4484 or or email Sloane at sloaneXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

September 10, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction have begun paving operations at the southern end of the project, starting at Great Bear Avenue. Gravel placement operations are also wrapping up from Black Eagle Road to Embry Lane in preparation for paving. Once paved, the southern section will connect to the already paved center section spanning from Embry Lane to Powerline Road. At the northern end of the project, crews are now placing gravel from Powerline Road northbound to the top of the hill.

Drivers continue to enter and exit the construction zone on the gravel detour road. Stoplights and pilot cars are in place to direct traffic to the paved section at the center of the project. The speed limit changes from 35 mph on the gravel detour road sections to 45 mph on the paved section. Passing is prohibited in the work zone. In addition to the speed limit changes, drivers should be mindful of surface conditions as they transition to and from the gravel and asphalt surfaces.

Your safety is our top priority! Remember to watch for workers, equipment, surface transitions, and signs when driving through the active construction site.

As we head into the final stretch of the road construction season, we would like to thank drivers for their continued patience. The bulk of the project is on schedule to be completed by the end of 2021, with crews returning in the spring to finish the final improvements, including painting and chip sealing.

The end goal of this project is to widen the roadway by providing additional shoulder space, passing lanes, and turning lanes. This stretch of Hwy 87 has seen an increase in drivers traveling from Great Falls to Fort Benton and Havre. MDT’s objective is to provide a safe and efficient travel experience for many years to come.

Questions or looking for additional details? If you have questions, please call 406-207-4484 or or email Sloane at sloaneXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

September 3, 2021

Paving preparations continue at the Great Falls North Highway 87 construction project. The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction continue gravel placement operations on the southern and northern end sections of the project, from Great Bear Avenue to Morony Dam Road and Black Horse Lake Road to Powerline Road. Three miles of the project are already paved, from Embry Lane to Powerline Road, and drivers are traveling on the new asphalt.

When traveling through the construction zone, drivers enter and exit the project on the gravel detour road directed by stoplights and pilot cars at a speed of 35 mph. Once on the central paved section, the speed limit increases to 45 mph.

Drivers should be cautious of the surface transitions from the gravel and paved road surfaces and be mindful of speed limit changes. Before transitioning back to the gravel detour road and exiting the construction zone, drivers will need to decrease their speed to 35 mph.

Remember, when driving through the active construction site, watch for workers, equipment, surface transitions, and signs. Your safety is our priority!

As we head into the final few months of the road construction season, we would like to thank drivers for their continued patience. The bulk of the project is on schedule to be completed by the end of 2021, with crews returning in the spring to finish the final improvements, including painting and chip sealing.

The end goal of this project is to widen the roadway by providing additional shoulder space, passing lanes, and turning lanes. This stretch of Hwy 87 has seen an increase in drivers traveling from Great Falls to Fort Benton and Havre. MDT’s objective is to provide a safe and efficient travel experience for many years to come.

Questions or looking for additional details? If you have questions, please call 406-207-4484 or or email Sloane at sloaneXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

August 27, 2021

It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of August and have only a few months of construction left on the Great Falls North project. The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction continue to make significant headway on Highway 87 from Great Bear Avenue to Dent Bridge Road. The bulk of the project is on schedule to be completed by the end of 2021, with crews returning in the Spring to finish the final improvements, including painting and chip sealing.

Gravel placement continues at both the southern and northern sections of the project in preparation for paving. This work is currently taking place from Great Bear Avenue to Morony Dam Road and Black Horse Lake Road to Powerline Road.

The central three-mile section of the project, from Embry Lane to Powerline Road, has already been paved, and drivers are traveling on the new asphalt surface. At the beginning and end sections of the construction zone, drivers are still traveling on the gravel detour road and should be cautious when transitioning to and from the gravel and asphalt surfaces.

Also, be mindful of speed limit changes. The speed limit on the paved surface is 45 mph and 35 mph on the gravel detour road. Drivers will need to decrease their speed before transitioning back to the gravel detour road and exiting the construction zone.

Remember, when driving through the active construction site, watch for workers, equipment, surface transitions, and signs, including speed limit signs. Your safety is our priority!

As a reminder, the end goal of this project is to widen the roadway by providing additional shoulder space, passing lanes, and turning lanes. This stretch of Hwy 87 has seen an increase in drivers traveling from Great Falls to Fort Benton and Havre. MDT’s objective is to provide a safe and efficient travel experience for many years to come.

If you have questions, please call 406-207-4484 or or email Sloane at sloaneXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

August 20, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction continue to make progress on the Highway 87, Great Falls North construction project currently underway from Great Bear Avenue to Dent Bridge Road. Currently, the project is on schedule to be completed at the end of 2021.

Crews continue to place gravel at both the southern and northern sections of the project, from Great Bear Avenue to Morony Dam Road and Black Horse Lake Road to Powerline Road, in preparation for paving.

Three miles of the project have already been paved, from Embry Lane to Powerline Road. Now, drivers are directed from the gravel detour road at both end sections of the seven-mile work zone to the central newly paved road, then back to the gravel detour road. When driving on the new asphalt surface, the speed limit is 45 mph, and no passing is allowed.

Drivers are reminded to be cautious when transitioning from the gravel detour road surface to the asphalt surface. Please be mindful that the speed limit on the gravel detour road is 35 mph, so drivers will need to decrease their speed before transitioning back to the gravel detour road and exiting the construction zone.

Remember, when driving through the active construction site, watch for workers, equipment, surface transitions, and signs, including speed limit signs. Your safety is our priority!

As a reminder, the end goal of this project is to widen the roadway by providing additional shoulder space, passing lanes, and turning lanes. This stretch of Hwy 87 has seen an increase in drivers traveling from Great Falls to Fort Benton and Havre. MDT’s objective is to provide a safe and efficient travel experience for many years to come.

If you have questions, please call 406-207-4484 or or email Sloane at sloaneXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

August 13, 2021

Progress had been made on the Great Falls North construction project on Highway 87 that runs from Great Bear Avenue and Dent Bridge Road.

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction have now completed three miles of asphalt paving from Embry Lane to Powerline Road.

Gravel continues to be placed at both the northern and southern end sections of the project, from Great Bear Avenue to Embry Lane and from Powerline Road to Dent Bridge Road.

Drivers will enter the construction zone at the northern or southern end on the gravel detour road that runs parallel to the construction site. The speed limit on the gravel detour road is 35 mph. When drivers reach the newly paved central section, they will transition to the asphalt surface. This new section of paved road has a speed limit of 45 mph, and no passing is allowed.

Drivers need to be mindful that they will be transitioning back to the gravel detour road before leaving the construction zone and must drop their speed back down to the 35-mph speed limit.

When driving through the active construction site, it is important to watch for workers, equipment, surface transitions, and signs, including speed limit signs. MDT wants you to arrive at your destination safely!

As a reminder, the end goal of this project is to widen the roadway by providing additional shoulder space, passing lanes and turning lanes. This stretch of Hwy 87 has seen an increase in drivers traveling from Great Falls to Fort Benton and Havre. MDT’s objective is to provide a safe and efficient travel experience for many years to come.

If you have questions, please call 406-207-4484 or or email Sloane at sloaneXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

August 9, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction are making great progress on the Great Falls North project on Hwy 87.

Paving continues on the new, widened roadway. Drivers will notice paving equipment and workers between Powerline Road and Embry Lane. The detour remains parallel to the work zone between Dent Bridge Road and Great Bear Avenue. In the near future, vehicles will be directed to drive on the new, smooth roadway.

At the north end of the construction zone, crews are placing gravel for future paving.

As you pass through the active construction site, MDT reminds drivers to be mindful of the detour, signs, workers and equipment. We want you to arrive at your destination safely!

As a reminder, the end goal of this project is to widen the roadway by providing additional shoulder space, passing lanes and turning lanes. This stretch of Hwy 87 has seen an increase in drivers traveling from Great Falls to Fort Benton and Havre. MDT’s objective is to provide a safe and efficient travel experience for many years to come.

If you have questions, please call 406-207-4484 or email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

July 30, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction continue to make progress on US Highway 87 road widening work outside of Great Falls.

Starting next week, paving will begin on the new roadway! While initial paving is taking place, drivers will still be directed to the detour route parallel to the work zone. In the near future, drivers will be routed to drive on the new, paved roadway for a smoother experience.

Meanwhile, drivers will continue to notice embankment, or foundation soil, being removed from a hill on the north end of the work zone near Dent Bridge Road. In addition, gravel is still being placed between Powerline Road and Morony Dam Road in preparation for paving.

There will also be a new approach for travelers to access Powerline Road via the detour route.

With paving beginning, MDT encourages drivers to be mindful of signs, workers, equipment and varying detour routes.

If you have questions, please call 406-207-4484 or email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

July 23, 2021

Roadwork continues to take steps forward on US Highway 87. Please be mindful of workers, equipment, posted speed limits and follow standard driving protocols when driving the detour route. The detour is considered an active construction zone.

This coming week, drivers will notice equipment hauling gravel between Black Horse Lake Road and Morony Dam Road. Although this work is quite repetitive, there is an end in sight! This gravel placing is in preparation for paving of the new roadway later this summer. Construction progress is currently on schedule.

Schellinger workers continue to compact and grade the detour route that exists parallel to the original roadway. The detour remains between Dent Bridge Road and Great Bear Avenue. Crews are working very hard to ensure the road remains as smooth as possible for drivers. Drivers will experience delays when traveling this route.

If you aren't already, follow the Montana Department of Transportation on Facebook for department updates and state-wide project announcements.

If you have questions, please call 406-207-4484 or email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

July 16, 2021

If you are traveling to or from Great Falls next week, be mindful of roadwork occurring on US Highway 87. The Montana Department of Transportation in partnership with Schellinger Construction continue to make great progress.

As a reminder, road widening work with the addition of intermittent turning and passing lanes will be majorly complete by late 2021. Crews will then return briefly next year to finish final painting and chip sealing.

Similar to last week, drivers will notice equipment hauling gravel between Black Horse Lake Road and Morony Dam Road. Pilot cars are present throughout the area to direct traffic. In a few weeks, once all of the gravel is placed, paving will begin on the roadway. We will continue to provide updates as this approaches.

Scrapers and equipment are removing embankment from a hill at the north end of the seven-mile work zone near Dent Bridge Road.

The detour remains parallel to the original road between Great Bear Avenue and Dent Bridge Road. Please continue to be mindful of reduced speeds, workers, equipment, signs and bumpy roadways. Drivers may experience up to 10 minutes of delay when traveling through the active work zone.

If you have questions, please call 406-207-4484 or email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

July 9, 2021

Road widening work continues on US Highway 87 north of Great Falls. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) in partnership with Schellinger Construction thank you for your continued support and patience with ongoing construction.

As summer travel picks up, MDT reminds drivers to be watchful of workers, equipment, signs and delays when entering the work zone between Great Bear Avenue and Dent Bridge Road.

Similar to last week, drivers will notice equipment hauling gravel between Black Horse Lake Road and Morony Dam Road. Pilot cars are present here to direct traffic.

In addition, scrapers continue to remove embankment from a hill at the north of the seven-mile work zone near Dent Bridge Road.

Same as last week, the detour remains parallel to the original road between Great Bear Avenue and Dent Bridge Road. This roadway is being smoothed by a grader* on a regular basis to ensure travel is as seamless as possible.

Grader being used to help smooth the detour route
A grader being used to help smooth the detour route.

If you have questions, please call 406-207-4484 or email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

July 2, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation is making great progress on US Highway 87 roadwork north of Great Falls.

Crews will not be present July 2 – July 5 due to the holiday weekend.

Starting on July 6, travelers will notice equipment hauling gravel between Black Horse Lake Road and Morony Dam Road. Pilot cars are present here to direct traffic.

In addition, scrapers are removing embankment from a hill at the north of the seven-mile work zone near Dent Bridge Road.

The detour remains parallel to the original road between Great Bear Ave and Dent Bridge Road. Schellinger crews understand that this road has been rough. The road is quite a bit smoother than it has been in weeks past due to the hot weather. This continues to be a priority to ensure that drivers get to their destination efficiently.

With the holiday weekend approaching, please be mindful of workers, equipment and signs around the work zone. It’s important we all get home safe!

If you have questions, please call 406-207-4484 or email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

June 25, 2021

Thank you for bearing with the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction as they work to create a better driving experience on US Highway 87 north of Great Falls.

The last week of June, travelers will notice workers hauling gravel material between Black Horse Lake Road and Embry Lane. In addition, gravel is also being hauled between Embry Lane and Great Bear Avenue.

Pilot cars are present to direct traffic between Embry Lane and Great Bear Avenue. Flaggers are stationed north of Powerline Road to direct cars as construction equipment crosses US Highway 87.

The detour remains parallel to the original road between Great Bear Ave and Dent Bridge Road. Schellinger crews understand that this road has been rough. The roadway is being graded daily to ensure a smoother experience. In addition, gravel has been placed on portions of the detour to help with rough road as well.

As a reminder, the goal of the project is to add passing and turning lanes between Great Bear Avenue and Dent Bridge Road. This will provide a safe and efficient route for many years to come.

If you have questions, please call 406-207-4484 or email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

June 18, 2021

This week, the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction continue road widening work on US Hwy 87 north of Great Falls.

Similar to last week, travelers will notice workers hauling gravel material between Powerline Road and Embry Lane. Schellinger crews are no longer removing asphalt between Morony Dam Road and Black Eagle Road. However, they are completing earthwork in this area.

The detour remains parallel to the excavated road between Great Bear Ave and Dent Bridge Road. Pilot cars will direct traffic through portions of the detour route. Please continue to be cautious of rough detour roads. With the detour route in mind, a few minutes of delays are expected. MDT thanks you for your patience! We understand that delays can be frustrating.

Schellinger Construction crews are grading on a daily basis to ensure the route is as smooth as possible. MDT reminds drivers to slow down and be watchful of workers and equipment and signs when traveling through any portion of the work zone.

If you have questions, please call 406-207-4484 or email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

June 11, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction continue road widening work on US Hwy 87 north of Great Falls.

As a reminder, the ultimate goal of this project is to add passing and turn lanes between Great Bear Avenue and Dent Bridge Road to provide an efficient roadway with added opportunities to make safe turns. MDT appreciates your patience as crews work to smooth the detour road and take steps forward in construction.

This week, when traveling through the project route, drivers will notice workers hauling gravel material between Powerline Road and Embry Lane. Schellinger Crews are also removing asphalt with bulldozers between Morony Dam Road and Black Eagle Road.

The detour remains parallel to the excavated road between Great Bear Ave and Dent Bridge Road. Please be mindful of rough roadway on this detour route. MDT cautions motorcyclists and drivers of bumpy road.

To alleviate rough detour roads, Schellinger Construction crews are grading on a daily basis to ensure the route is as smooth as possible. MDT reminds drivers to slow down and be watchful of workers and equipment when traveling through any portion of the work zone. Drivers can anticipate a few minutes of delay headed in either direction.

If you have questions, please call 406-207-4484 or email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

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June 4, 2021

Happy June and happy Friday! The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction have resumed full road construction on Highway 87 north of Great Falls.

This week, workers will continue to haul gravel material between Powerline Road and Black Eagle Road. In addition, drivers will notice asphalt milling between Embry Lane and Great Bear Avenue. This is the final asphalt milling portion of the project.

Along the seven-mile work zone, a detour remains parallel to the excavated roadway for the majority of the route between Great Bear Ave and Dent Bridge Road. Please be cautious of rough roadway on this detour route. Schellinger Construction crews are grading on a daily basis to ensure the road is as smooth as possible. MDT reminds drivers to slow down and be mindful of signs when travelling the detour. Pilot cars will be directing cars through this route.

The Montana Department of Transportation looks forward to the sunny days to come and great progress being made on widening US Highway 87. The goal of this project is to provide an efficient and safe travel experience for all.

If you have questions, please call 406-207-4484 or email Becca at beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

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May 28, 2021

The rainy spring season has caused a minor construction delay on US Hwy 87 north of Great Falls. Currently, drivers can expect to see only a few Schellinger team members grading the detour road and maintaining traffic control operations.

As the weather clears next week, drivers will continue to notice crews hauling gravel material between Powerline Road and Black Eagle Road. The detour still remains parallel to the excavated roadway for the majority of the route between Great Bear Ave and Dent Bridge Road. Please be cautious of rough roadway on the detour route. Please note, Schellinger crews are working to keep the detour as smooth as possible. Thank you for your patience as we understand the weather can cause unpleasant rough roads.

This coming week, delays should continue to be minimal with a 35 MPH speed limit. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) reminds drivers and travelers to be cautious of signs, workers and equipment along the route.

On behalf of MDT, we wish you a safe and fun long weekend! Crews are not working Memorial Day weekend. Drivers, please be aware of the construction zone and changing road conditions.

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May 21, 2021

Similar to last week, unpredictable spring weather may cause minor construction pauses on Highway 87 this coming week. However, Schellinger Construction crews are making great progress on road widening work.

Travelers will continue to notice crews hauling gravel material now between Powerline Road and Black Eagle Road. Flaggers will be present to guide equipment crossings. A detour remains parallel to the excavated roadway for the majority of the route between Great Bear Ave and Dent Bridge Road. Please be cautious of rough roadway on the detour route.

This week, Schellinger crews are not working in the southern portion of the seven-mile work zone.

Delays should be minimal as traffic should be moving at all times. However, the speed limit remains at 35 MPH. Please continue to be watchful of workers, equipment and other drivers when traveling in and around the seven-mile work zone.

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May 14, 2021

Unpredictable spring weather has caused minor construction pauses on Highway 87. However, the project continues forward! This past week, the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction wrapped up the asphalt milling portion of the project.

Travelers will now notice crews hauling gravel material north of Powerline Road. In addition, crews are completing embankment, or foundation soil, and ditch work in the southern portion of the seven-mile work zone.

A detour exists parallel to the excavated roadway for the majority of the route between Great Bear Ave and Dent Bridge Road. Please account for delays when driving and be mindful of rough roads on detoured sections. Speeds remain at 35 MPH.

Crews are working hard to ensure that delays are minimal. Please follow posted signage and be watchful of workers and equipment. Our goal is safety for you and our crews!

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May 7, 2021

Roadwork on US Highway 87 north of Great Falls continues on.

Account for delays when driving between Great Bear Avenue and Dent Bridge Road and be mindful of rough road on detour sections. Speeds remain at 35 MPH.

Travelers will now see Schellinger crews milling asphalt south of Essex Lane towards Morony Dam Road. A detour exists to the east of this portion of roadway. Same as last week, a pilot car and stop lights will direct traffic through the detour.

The second detour also remains to the west of Great Bear Avenue and Black Eagle Road, as this roadway has been excavated. Crews are not currently working in this area.

Trucks are hauling material near Dent Bridge Road. Within the seven-mile work zone, equipment will be on the sides of the road to strip topsoil.

MDT is grateful for your patience as summer travel picks up. Crews are working hard to ensure that delays are minimal. As a reminder, please follow posted signage within the work zone and be mindful of workers and equipment.

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April 30, 2021

Construction continues this week on Highway 87 just north of Great Falls. If you have travel plans on this route next week, you will notice Schellinger construction crews hard at work in the beginning stages of widening the current roadway. Before road widening can occur, the current asphalt must be removed.

Please account for delays when driving between Great Bear Avenue and Dent Bridge Road. Speeds remain at 35mph.

Drivers can now expect crews to be milling asphalt in a slightly more southern location than last week. Equipment and workers are now located between Powerline Road and Black Horse Lake Road. There is a detour just to the east for drivers to go beside this entire work zone.

Same as last week, a pilot car and stop lights will direct traffic through the detour. In this area, travelers may notice trucks hauling material to and from the construction site.

A second detour also remains to the west of Great Bear Avenue and Black Eagle Road, as this roadway has been excavated. However, crews are not currently working in this area. The detour roadways may be rough.

The Montana Department of Transportation reminds drivers to be watchful of workers and equipment in and around the work zone. Our goal is safety for all!

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April 23, 2021

This week, drivers will notice continued construction on US Highway 87 north of Great Falls. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is grateful for your patience as they work to widen the roadway.

Drivers can now expect Schellinger Construction crews to be milling asphalt between Dent Bridge Road and Black Horse Lake Road. There is a detour just to the east for drivers to go beside this entire work zone. A pilot car and stop lights will direct traffic through the detour. In this area, travelers may notice trucks hauling material to and from the construction site.

In addition to this, a detour remains to the west of Great Bear Avenue and Black Eagle Road as this roadway has been excavated.

Similar to last week. delays are expected when driving through this area and speeds are reduced to 35 MPH. MDT reminds drivers that detour roads may be rough.

Next week is National Work Zone Awareness Week! Please be cautious as you approach work zones and take note of workers and equipment. Pay attention, slow down, wear your seatbelt, don’t drive impaired and be extra cautious as you pass through work zones! Thank you.

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April 16, 2021

On behalf of the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), we hope you are having a wonderful week.

This week, roadwork continues in the seven-mile work zone between Great Bear Avenue and Dent Bridge Road on US Highway 87. Similar to last week, drivers can expect Schellinger Construction crews to be excavating the roadway between Dent Bridge Road and Powerline Road. There is a detour just to the east for drivers to go around this work zone.

In addition to this, crews remain between Great Bear Avenue and Black Eagle Road to excavate asphalt. A detour for drivers is located west of this work. Drivers will be directed by flaggers and stop lights. Travelers may anticipate pilot cars to help direct them at the north end of the work zone as well.

Lastly, travelers may notice trucks entering and exiting the north end of the work zone.

Delays are expected, speeds are reduced to 35 MPH in the work zone. Drivers may experience rough road when traveling the short detour routes.

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April 9, 2021

Roadwork continues on US Highway 87 north of Great Falls. The Montana Department of Transportation reminds drivers to slow down in the work zone and be mindful of crews and equipment.

The seven-mile work zone is between Great Bear Ave and Dent Bridge Road. Drivers can expect Schellinger Construction crews to continue excavating the roadway between Dent Bridge Road and Powerline Road. There is a detour just to the east for drivers to go around this work zone.

In addition to this, crews are also located between Great Bear Ave and Black Eagle Road to excavate the roadway. A detour for drivers is located west of this work.

Drivers will be directed by flaggers and stop lights. Travelers may anticipate pilot cars to help direct them at the north end of the work zone as well.

Delays are expected, speeds are reduced to 35 MPH in the work zone. Drivers may experience rough road when traveling the short detour routes.

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April 2, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation is grateful for your patience as road work continues on US Highway 87.

This week, similar to last week, Schellinger Construction crews are continuing work on US Highway 87 near Dent Bridge Road north of Great Falls. Workers are removing the asphalt from both sides of the roadway between Dent Bridge Road and Powerline Road. This is the first step in the process of widening the roadway.

Beside Dent Bridge Road and Powerline Road, a detour route is located to the east of the current road. During the day, drivers will be directed by pilot cars and stoplights to travel on the detour road around the active construction on the current roadway.

Speeds are reduced to 35 MPH in the work zone. Drivers should expect delays. Please reach out with any questions!

MDT reminds travelers to please be watchful of flaggers and workers present.

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March 26, 2021

This week, the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) in partnership with Schellinger Construction continues roadwork on US Highway 87. Similar to last week, drivers should anticipate crews on the north end of the seven-mile work zone near Dent Bridge Road. Drivers should anticipate delays.

Workers will be milling, or removing, asphalt from the roadway. Drivers will be directed to drive on the remaining one-lane smooth surfaced roadway by a stoplight and flagger. Once both sides of the roadway in this northern section have had asphalt removed, MDT will begin constructing a small detour for drivers on the east side of the current road. Speeds will be reduced to 35 MPH.

Ultimately, Schellinger Construction crews will be widening the roadway with added passing lanes and turn lanes through the course of this year’s construction season.

MDT reminds travelers to please be cautious of flaggers and workers present.

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March 19, 2021

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!

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This will be the last update until spring approaches.

January 8, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction crews have completed the embankment, or foundation soil, placement portion of the US Highway 87 - Great Falls project between Dent Bridge Road and Great Bear Avenue. Thank you for your patience during this process.

As you know, embankment was unloaded on both sides of the road this fall and early winter and was left to settle. This will create a solid foundation for road widening work beginning this spring. This spring’s roadwork will introduce both passing lanes and turning lanes throughout this seven-mile stretch. The goal of this project is to increase the flow of traffic and provide safer roadways for all.

MDT will inform the public and media as to when full road construction will officially begin next spring. The schedule will be largely dependent upon the weather, as warm and dry conditions are crucial for successful roadway work. Crews anticipate working from spring of 2021 through November of 2021. The majority of roadwork will be completed next year. Then, in 2022, workers will return briefly to finish painting and chip sealing the road.

Drivers should not experience any further delays this winter.

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This will be the last update until spring approaches.

December 18, 2020

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction are wrapping up US Highway 87 roadwork for the year!

This past week, workers have been completing ditch work and placing erosion control within the seven-mile work zone. Starting Saturday, Dec. 19, crews will no longer be present or impacting traffic. Drivers should not experience delays for the remainder of the calendar year.

Now that the embankment placement is substantially complete, MDT will allow the foundation soil to settle. Come spring next year, Schellinger equipment and crews will return for much of 2021 to add passing and turn lanes along the route. This road expansion will reduce congestion and create a safe driving experience for travelers.

There will be no email update on Friday, Dec. 25 or Friday, Jan. 1. Additional updates are to come in early 2021.

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December 11, 2020

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction remind drivers that roadwork is in progress on US Highway 87 through December. MDT is grateful for your patience.

The embankment, or foundation soil, placement process is almost complete. As weather permits, workers and equipment will be present on and beside the road for the majority of this month. However, crews are not working the week of December 19 through December 27.

Starting next week, crews will no longer be present or impacting traffic on the roadway. However, drivers can anticipate equipment and workers on the sides of the road completing ditch work and placing erosion control within the seven-mile work zone. Drivers should not experience delays.

Once embankment placement is complete, MDT will vacate the area to allow the foundation soil to settle. Come spring next year, Schellinger equipment and crews will return to add passing lanes and turn lanes along the route.

Further updates will be communicated as this fall’s construction comes to a close.

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December 4, 2020

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction crews have resumed work on US Highway 87 north of Great Falls. Workers and equipment will be present through the majority of December to prepare for spring 2021 construction, weather permitting.

Embankment, or foundation soil, is being moved and placed on the sides of the road between Dent Bridge Road and just north of Great Bear Avenue in preparation for road widening work in 2021.

This week, drivers can anticipate workers and equipment present between Bootlegger Lateral/Black Eagle Road Intersection and mile post four on US Highway 87. Traffic signals with a pilot car will be set up here. Haul trucks will be entering and exiting the highway between Dent Bridge Road and Powerline Road with flaggers present. Crews will move south down the highway as the month continues.

Similar to past weeks, drivers will notice signs indicating a reduced speed as they approach either end of the work zone and will experience a minor delay. MDT encourages travelers to be aware of workers and equipment on and beside the roadway. Schellinger crews will be working for the majority of December in order to complete the embankment, or foundation soil, placement for full spring construction.

The Montana Department of Transportation is grateful for your patience during this project. The ultimate goal is to create a safer and more efficient roadway. Please reach out anytime with questions.

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November 27, 2020

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction crews resume work on US Highway 87 north of Great Falls on Monday, November 30. Workers and equipment will be present through early to mid-December to prepare for spring 2021 construction. Embankment, or foundation soil, will be placed on the sides of the work zone as weather permits.

As a reminder, on Monday, crews will resume work north of Great Falls between Bootlegger Lateral/Black Eagle Road Intersection and mile post four on US Highway 87. Traffic signals with a pilot car will be set up in this location. Haul trucks will be entering and exiting the highway between Dent Bridge Road and Powerline Road with flaggers present.

During construction, drivers can continue to anticipate stoplights and flaggers to instruct drivers on when to stop and when to wait for a pilot car. Travelers should expect minor delays at these lights. MDT reminds drivers to be mindful of workers and large equipment on and beside the roadway. Further updates will be communicated as crews move the work zone south towards Great Falls.

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November 20, 2020

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction crews are pausing construction during Thanksgiving week. Please note, crews will be off the roads and pausing work between Saturday, November 21 through Monday, November 30. Workers and equipment will not be present for the duration of Thanksgiving week but will resume work thereafter.

On Monday, Nov. 30, crews will resume work north of Great Falls between Bootlegger Lateral/Black Eagle Road Intersection and mile post four on US Highway 87. Traffic signals with a pilot car will be set up in this location. Haul trucks will be entering and exiting the highway between Dent Bridge Road and Powerline Road with flaggers present.

Embankment, or foundation soil, will continue to be moved and placed throughout the seven-mile work zone as weather permits. Schellinger crews now anticipate working on this portion of the project through early to mid-December in preparation for spring 2021 construction. This embankment process will be completed in 2020 as the material needs to settle in order to be worked on effectively next year.

During construction, drivers can continue to anticipate stoplights and flaggers to instruct drivers on when to stop and when to wait for a pilot car. Flaggers will be located between Dent Bridge Road and Powerline Road. There will be a traffic signal with a pilot car between Bootlegger Lateral/Black Eagle Road Intersection and mile post four after the holiday week. Travelers should anticipate minor delays at these lights. MDT reminds drivers to be mindful of workers and large equipment on and beside the roadway.

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November 13, 2020

Schellinger Construction is intermittently pausing embankment placement work due to heavy snowfall in the Great Falls area. Where possible, crews are working on the side of US Highway 87 to move snow off of the construction area.

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) will continue to place embankment, or foundation soil, throughout the seven-mile work zone as weather permits. This means that some days crews and equipment will be out working and other days they will not; all depending on the weather. Similar to last week, Schellinger crews anticipate working on this portion of the project through late November in preparation for spring 2021 construction. MDT will provide an update if this timeframe changes.

Each passing week, workers will move further south towards Great Falls. During embankment placing, drivers can anticipate two stoplights with accompanying flaggers to instruct drivers when to stop and wait for a pilot car. Travelers should anticipate minor delays.

MDT will begin full road construction in spring of 2021, also weather dependent. This embankment, or foundation soil, will be used to add passing lanes and turning lanes throughout the area.

Travelers are encouraged to be cautious when driving and aware of workers, equipment and weather conditions on and near the road. Signage will indicate when and where to slow down. This stretch of road will not be closed this fall. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

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November 6, 2020

Great Falls travelers will continue to experience minor delays on US Highway 87 north of Great Falls. This fall’s roadwork is in preparation for full road construction in the spring of 2021. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), in partnership with Schellinger Construction, continues to place embankment, or foundation soil, on both sides of the highway. Currently, crews anticipate working on this portion of the project through late November. MDT will provide an update if this timeframe changes.

Drivers will see equipment and workers present between Essex Lane and Dent Bridge Road for another week or two. After this stretch is complete, Schellinger crews will move further south towards Great Falls. The two stoplights with accompanying flaggers, one in each direction of the highway, remain at Essex Lane and Dent Bridge Road intersections. These lights will instruct drivers when to stop and wait for a pilot car. Travelers should anticipate minor delays.

As crews place embankment within the work zone, they are also putting down a form of netting or fabric in addition to the foundation soil. This creates additional solidity and strength for the embankment’s stability. It will be left to settle for 180 days this winter. Then, MDT will begin full road construction in spring of 2021.

The embankment placement process is preparing the extended roadsides to include turn lanes and passing lanes next year. Roadway expansion is occurring due to increased traffic volumes through the area. The Montana Department of Transportation’s goal with this project is to increase safety and reduce traffic congestion.

Please note, an update will be communicated if weather causes a pause in work progress. Travelers are encouraged to be cautious when driving and aware of workers and equipment on and beside the road. Signs will indicate when and where to slow down. This stretch of road will not be closed this fall. Please reach out with any questions.

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October 30, 2020

Minor roadwork resumes this week on US Highway 87 north of Great Falls. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), in partnership with Schellinger Construction, continues to place embankment, or foundation soil, on both sides of the roadway. Earlier this week, crews moved piles of snow to reduce the impacts of it melting on the embankment. Now, crews are continuing roadwork with accompanying traffic controls. At this time, this fall’s minor roadwork is still expected to end late November. MDT will provide an update if this timeframe changes.

Crews have returned to the project zone between Essex Lane and Dent Bridge Road on Highway 87. When traveling this route, drivers will notice two stoplights with accompanying flaggers; one headed in each direction of the highway. These lights will instruct drivers when to stop and wait for a pilot car to lead them. Travelers should anticipate minor delays.

This entire process of embankment, or foundation soil, placement will occur between Dent Bridge Road and just north of Great Bear Avenue. This seven-mile zone of road-side embankment will be left to settle this winter. The settled foundation soil will provide stabilized ground for the coming passing lanes and turn lanes in spring of 2021. Details about where turn lanes and pass lanes will be located will be communicated prior to construction next year. As a reminder, crews are anticipated to complete this initial embankment, or foundation soil, placement work at the end of November, weather dependent.

Updates will be communicated if weather causes another pause in work progress. Travelers are encouraged to be cautious when driving and aware of workers and equipment on and beside the road. Signs will indicate when and where to slow down. This stretch of road will not be closed this fall. MDT appreciates your patience during this project.

If you have any questions or to sign up for updates, please call 406-207-4484 or email Becca at . You can also sign up for text updates by texting "GREATFALLS NORTH" to 41411.

October 23, 2020

This fall, the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) in partnership with Schellinger Construction is working to place mounds of embankment, or foundation soil, on both sides of US Highway 87 to support the addition of passing lanes and turn lanes next spring. Currently, construction is paused due to snow and freezing weather conditions in the area. Crews are anticipated to resume work within the next week. At this time, this fall’s minor roadwork is still expected to end late November. MDT will provide an update if this time frame changes.

Construction crews will continue working between Essex Lane through Dent Bridge Road on US Highway 87 as soon as possible. As the fall progresses, travelers will notice equipment moving further south down the work zone, towards Great Falls. Once construction resumes, drivers should anticipate two stoplights with accompanying flaggers; one headed in each direction of the highway. These lights will instruct drivers when to stop and wait for a pilot car to lead them. Travelers should anticipate minor delays.

This embankment, or foundation soil, placement along the seven-mile stretch of Highway 87 is being left to settle this winter in order for construction crews to build passing lanes and turn lanes along this stretch of road. This expansion is due to the increase in traffic volumes through the area. Specific details about where turn lanes and pass lanes will begin, and end will be communicated prior to construction next year. As a reminder, crews are anticipated to complete this initial embankment, or foundation soil, placement work at the end of November, weather dependent.

This week and early next week, roadwork is paused due to weather conditions. Crews are not anticipated to be back on the roadside until the end of October. Travelers are encouraged to be cautious when driving due to wet and freezing road conditions. This stretch of road will not be closed this fall. MDT will return to work on both sides of the roadway likely towards the end of next week.

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October 16, 2020

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) in partnership with Schellinger Construction crews continue to work on the side of US Highway 87 north of Great Falls. Drivers will notice mounds of embankment, or foundation soil, through the end of November 2020 on both sides of the roadway. This embankment will be used to support road widening work occurring in the spring.

Construction crews are now working further south on both sides of the US Highway 87 roadway. Travelers will see equipment from Essex Lane up through Dent Bridge Road. Once this section is complete, trucks will continue to move south down the highway, closer to Great Falls. The work zone ends north of Great Bear Avenue.

This initial roadwork is occurring in preparation for full road construction in spring of 2021. The embankment, or foundation soil, now on both sides of the roadway, will be used to build a foundation for road expansion work next spring. MDT will create both passing lanes and turn lanes on this stretch of road. Please be prepared for additional information as spring construction approaches. Crews will complete this initial embankment, or foundation soil, placement work at the end of November.

This coming week, driver information remains the same as previous weeks. Travelers may experience minor delays when passing through the area. In the construction zone, speeds are reduced to 35 MPH. Drivers will notice flaggers at intersections, including Essex lane, to inform them of pilot car operations controlling traffic. MDT also encourages all travelers to please be cautious of workers and equipment when passing through. There will be signage along the route that will indicate where to slow down. This stretch of road will not be closed this fall. Please see the Hwy 87 site video linked in the sidebar of the Great Falls North webpage.

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October 9, 2020

As a reminder, the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is completing minor road work on US Highway 87 north of Great Falls through the end of November 2020. Drivers should anticipate construction equipment on the sides of the roadway for the next two months. Construction will then be paused, and full roadwork will resume in the spring of 2021.

Construction crews are now slowly moving down the east side of the US Highway 87 road to continue work on about a mile and a half of the total work zone just south of Black Horse Lake Road and up through Dent Bridge Road. Once this portion is finished, trucks will continue to move south down the highway, towards Great Falls. The total work zone is about seven miles and ends north of Great Bear Avenue. This work is occurring in preparation for full road construction in spring of 2021. Travelers will notice embankment, or foundation soil, on the sides of the roadway.

The embankment, or foundation soil, on the roadside will be left on the sides of the road until next spring in order to stabilize the road for construction. In 2021, Schellinger construction crews will be working to use this stabilized foundation soil to add passing lanes and turn lanes to the Highway. Addressing the growing traffic volume and increasing safety is the goal of this project. MDT will provide more details as this fall’s minor roadwork wraps up and as spring construction approaches.

This coming week, driver information remains the same as previous weeks. Travelers may experience minor delays when passing through the area. In the construction zone, speeds are reduced to 35 MPH. Drivers will notice flaggers at intersections along the work zone to inform them of pilot car operations controlling traffic. MDT also reminds travelers to please be cautious of workers and equipment on the sides of the roadway. There will be posted signage along the route that will indicate where to slow down. This stretch of road will not be closed this fall. MDT appreciates your patience and understanding during this roadwork project.

If you have any questions or to sign up for updates, please call 406-207-4484 or email Becca at . You can also sign up for text updates by texting "GREATFALLS NORTH" to 41411.

October 2, 2020

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) will be working on a project on US Highway 87 north of Great Falls through the end of November. In preparation for full construction in spring of 2021, travelers will notice embankment, or foundation soil, on the sides of the roadway.

Construction Equipment is now expected to move to the east side of the US Highway 87 road to continue work on about a mile of the total work zone between Black Horse Lake Road and Dent Bridge Road. Once this area is complete, trucks will work their way south down the highway. The total work zone is about seven miles.

The embankment, or foundation soil, on the roadside does serve a purpose. This material will be left to settle on the sides of the roadway until next spring in order to stabilize the road for construction. In 2021, Schellinger construction crews will be working to use this stabilized soil in order to add passing lanes and turn lanes to the Highway. Addressing the growing traffic volume is the primary purpose of this project. MDT will provide more details as spring approaches.

This coming week, driver information remains the same. Travelers may experience minor delays. In the construction area, 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 also 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.

If you have any questions or to sign up for updates, please call 406-207-4484 or email Becca at . You can also sign up for text updates by texting "GREATFALLS NORTH" to 41411.