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Great Falls South - Urban

Project Overview

The roads on the southern end of Great Falls are well-traveled, with many residents using these thoroughfares to access downtown or the Missouri River. To ensure that these roadways continue to provide safe commutes, the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is launching the Great Falls South – Urban project.

The project area begins on 13th Street South by Fields Road, continues west at the intersection with 55th Avenue South, and extends north 3.7 miles on Lower River Road, ending near Overlook Drive. MDT will use pavement preservation techniques to keep these good roads in good condition for years to come and will install guardrail in key areas.

Great Falls South Urban project map
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Construction Impacts

Construction is expected to begin as snow starts to melt in April 2020, and wrap up by the end of the summer, dependent upon favorable weather. The majority of work will be conducted between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Drivers can expect one-lane travel controlled by a portable traffic signal to direct traffic. Delays of up to 15 minutes might be possible when navigating the project area.

Because most of this work must be performed in warm and dry work conditions, this project is highly influenced by weather and delays in schedule could occur. The best way to stay up to date on how the project is progressing is via the weekly update. To sign up:

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Pavement Preservation

Pavement Preservation infographic
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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.

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