Montana Department of Transportation

Public Involvement

US-2 Poplar Improvements

US 2 Poplar Construction Notice August 12-17

Expect Reduced Access on US 2

US 2 construction will require closure of adjacent side streets and business approaches the week of August 12th. Closures are necessary to accommodate construction of the road base for the highway. Work is expected to between Poplar School and Courte Avenue and will progress east over the course of the week.

Once the road base material is placed across a side street or business approach that access will remain closed for approximately 24 hours. Crews plan to alternate between work on the north and south side of the highway to minimize the length of time individual streets and approaches are shut down.

Motorists are encouraged to use Court Ave. S as the primary US 2 access during side street closures. Meanwhile, access to US 2 businesses will remain available through G Street to the north of the highway and E Street to the south.

Members of the public are strongly encouraged to sign up for regular text-alert updates by messaging "PoplarMT" to 555-888. Consistent updates on work progress and street closures will be pushed out through this channel all week long.

Just like wet cement on a sidewalk, the material being used to form the base for Highway 2 needs time to cure and harden before cars can drive on it. Opening up the road to traffic too early could result in permanent ruts and dips in the roadway. Your patience helps MDT provide a smooth and reliable driving surface for years to come.

Anyone with concerns about upcoming closures are encouraged to contact Chris Puyear .

US-2 Poplar Improvements landscape

Project Overview

US-2 Poplar is a project to rehabilitate the existing roadway and enhance safety and accessibility for all roadway users through the town of Poplar. It addresses longstanding safety concerns at the Kirn Rd intersection, while providing surface improvements and enhanced pedestrian facilities to prepare the community for future growth.

Planned Improvements

Originally proposed as a major rehabilitation of the existing roadway surface, the scope of the project was expanded in response to local concerns regarding vehicle speeds through town and crashes involving pedestrians.

Pavement Rehabilitation

Two miles of new roadway surface through the heart of Poplar reducing wear and tear on vehicles.

Safer School Crossing

Enhanced school crossing featuring curb bulb-outs, pedestrian refuge islands, and a pedestrian activated flashing beacon to improve visibility of pedestrians.

ADA Accessibility

Updates to sidewalk corners allowing users to more easily get on and off sidewalks.

Improved Lighting

New lighting throughout the project area improves visibility for both motorized and non-motorized users.

New Crosswalk

Dedicated crossing near 6th Ave E. featuring a pedestrian activated flashing beacon.

Intersection Roundabouts

A pair of roundabouts at Kirn Rd and 5th Avenue will reduce the potential for crashes at the intersections while lowering vehicle speeds through town. Each roundabout will feature a well-lit crosswalk with pedestrian refuge islands to reduce exposure at the intersection.

Impacts to the Public

MDT is committed to working with local stakeholders to minimize construction impacts on industry and the traveling public. Two-way traffic will continue during the majority of the construction; however, motorists should be prepared for the following:

  • Reduced speeds and delays of up to 15 minutes
  • Limited lane closures
  • Width restrictions in construction zones
  • Temporary cross-road closures and minor detours
  • Temporary side-walk closures and pedestrian detours

Land owners and local businesses will maintain full-time access to their property throughout construction.

Because this is a construction project the traveling public is asked to prepare for delays of up to 15 minutes and is reminded to slow down and watch for work crews and equipment in construction zones.

Timely detour and delay information can be found at the Travel Conditions web page.

Project Timeline

Construction is expected to begin in April and will be sub¬stantially complete by the end of 2019.

Stay in the Know

The Montana Department of Transportation is committed to keeping the Poplar community informed as work progresses. Look for project updates on the following platforms.

  • SMS Alerts: Text "PoplarMT" to 555-888 for timely project updates.
  • Project Hotline: Call the project hotline at 406-431-2499 with a question or concern.
  • Email: Send an to sign-up for weekly project updates.