Montana Department of Transportation

Malcolm “Mack” Long, Director


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Lincoln - Applegate Intersection

Project Overview

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is evaluating intersection improvement options for improving the safety and traffic operations at the Lincoln Road and Applegate Drive intersection north of Helena.

Lincoln - Applegate Intersection project map

Why is the project needed?

This project is necessary to increase the safety and improve operations at the intersection. Between 2005 and 2015, a total of 39 crashes occurred at the intersection, including one fatality and three incapacitating injuries.

In addition, the north valley outside of Helena has experienced rapid growth in recent years due in part to development activity and changes in land use. Traffic volumes have been increasing rapidly near the Lincoln Road and Applegate Drive intersection. In 2017, 3,940 vehicles traveled through the intersection daily. By 2040, that number is projected to double to 7,770 per day.

Options Being Considered

MDT is considering the several options for improving the Lincoln Road and Applegate Drive intersection. The improvement options are being evaluated on the basis of how well they reduce the number and severity of crashes, and improve traffic operations. Potential improvements will also include accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Project Process and Schedule

Project initiated and safety analysis performed 2017
Traffic and crash analysis completed 2017
Design options presented to the public 2018
Complete environmental analysis and select design option 2018-2019
Design option presented to the public 2019
Construction information presented to the public 2020
Construction anticipated (depending on funding) 2021