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It’s that time of year again, Frenchtown and Huson residents! The Montana Department of Transportation will be back in the full swing of construction beginning Monday, April 15.

Schellinger contractors will continue topsoil and ditch work throughout the project limits. Preliminary work to private approaches will also be resuming in preparation for paving once warmer weather allows for these operations to be successful.

In the coming weeks, you can expect to see final guardrail work completed at O’Keefe Creek, Mill Creek, and Mill Creek Road. Once the final grading and topsoil work is done, the seeding company will complete their final landscaping efforts. Final paving and a chip seal are still on track to be completed later in the spring.

There will be intermittent periods of single-lane traffic in these work zones with flaggers. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of changing conditions and to be alert for workers.

The shared-use path will be closed to the public until further notice due to heavy equipment working in the area.

Pedestrian and cyclist traffic is advised not to use the Frontage Road in this area as an alternative route due to the loss of pavement. Heavy equipment is near and on the roadway which makes it unsafe for foot traffic.

The project hotline is also available during business hours by calling 406-207-4484. To register for text updates, please text "HUSONEAST" to 41411. Email subscriptions are available by contacting Katie .

Project Overview

Utility work on the Frenchtown Frontage Road is underway. This is the first of several critical steps in the Frenchtown Frontage Road reconstruction and the larger Huson East project.

Work is beginning this winter to meet the demands of steadily increasing traffic volume. This stretch is nearly 50 years old and is in need of safer approaches, better drainage, site distance improvements and wider shoulders. The reality is that more and more travelers use the Frontage Road and it is not up to current standards for this usage. To keep pace, the roadway is being improved to create a safer roadway for all users.

Creating a safer roadway for all also means that the shared-used path will be extended for pedestrians and cyclists to reduce the chance of a collision with vehicles. At the end of construction, the path will nearly double in length to extend the full 11 miles from Huson to Highway 93.

Please take care traveling through the area, as traffic control devices and flaggers are in place to keep you and utility workers safe. If traveling through the eleven-mile project area, multiple short closures can be expected. You may be stopped as many as three times for approximately five minutes per stop if traveling from end to end of Frenchtown Frontage Road. Drivers are encouraged to plan extra time or to use an alternate route. Traffic control will be intermittent as utilities are upgraded throughout the next several months.

Keep in mind traffic will not be delayed when traveling between 6 and 8 a.m. and between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. These are the best times to commute through the area while lanes are open.

Montana Department of Transportation, in conjunction with Missoula County, is investing $12.3 million in safety improvements and pedestrian options.

The team at Montana Department of Transportation recognizes that construction will have an impact in your community and are committed to sharing updates to ease this transition. If you would like to receive regular updates about the Huson East project, please send a request to or call our project hotline during business hours at 406-207-4484. You can also receive SMS text message alerts by texting HUSONEAST to 41411. Project updates will be shared on this page.

We are here to help if you have questions. Help your neighbors stay in the know by sharing this information. We are committed to building to highest standard possible and creating a safer roadway for all users.

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