Montana Department of Transportation

Malcolm “Mack” Long, Director


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Public Involvement - Headwaters Rest Area

Headwaters Rest Area logo

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) invites you to attend either an
in-person open house and a virtual public meeting to discuss the Headwaters Rest Area project.

In-Person Public Open House
July 20th, 2021, 4-7 pm

The in-person event will be open house format; come whenever it is most convenient for you.

Headwaters Livestock
25 Wheatland Road
Three Forks, MT 59752

Virtual Public Meeting
July 21st, 2021, 4 pm

Registration is required. Presentation will begin at 4:00 pm and followed by a Q&A session. Register now!

More information about these events can be found on the Public Involvement page.

Project Overview

Rest areas play an important role in the statewide transportation network by providing safe stopping opportunities along Montana’s highways, contributing toward the goal of Vision Zero. Rest Area activities such as walking, using a mobile device, sleeping, resting, and eating can aid in combating drowsy and distracted driving, potentially reducing crashes. Rest areas also offer safe places to stop during weather events and road closures, offer an enclosed area to walk pets and support the tourism and trucking industries by offering hospitality to out-of-state motorists. Rest areas rank among the highest transportation need in MDT’s bi-annual public survey. MDT's TranPlanMT 2017 received public involvement comments that identified improving rest area availability and condition as a high priority.

The Montana Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Montana Rest Area JV Partners (a C.A. Rickert and Associates Inc./Diamond Construction Joint Venture) team, will be constructing a new rest area near Three Forks. This new rest area will include many modern design and safety improvements and will ultimately replace the dated and undersized rest area located at the 19th Avenue interchange in Bozeman.

Headwaters Rest Area
Headwaters Rest Area
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The new facility will be located north of I 90 on the west side of US 287, just north of existing -commercial development.

Headwaters Rest Area Vicinity Map
Headwaters Rest Area Vicinity Map
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Headwaters Rest Area Overview
Headwaters Rest Area Overview
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A study in Minnesota noted that "Single-vehicle truck crash densities increase during all times of the day at distances greater than 30 miles beyond a rest area."

Based on this research, it was concluded that:

  • Spacing Minnesota interstate rest areas at 30 miles or less will reduce drowsy driving-related crashes
  • Increasing truck parking spaces at Minnesota interstate rest areas will reduce crashes and costs associated with crashes
  • Providing adequate rest area truck parking effectively reduces costs related to highway crashes as demonstrated by a cost savings ratio of 1.61
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Project Background

This project is in response to a request received from community leaders to relocate the Bozeman rest area due to limited space and opportunity for expansion to meet demand and safety needs. In response to that request and paired with a public/private partnership “property trade” idea posed to MDT, the taxpayers of Montana will receive a new, state-of-the-art rest area at very low cost. The location in close proximity to the intersection of I 90 and US 287 also offers a more logical rest area location for the traveling public.

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