The Montana Department of Transportation is designing safety improvements to Secondary 206 (S 206) between Kalispell and Columbia Falls in Flathead County. The project begins at the junction of Montana Highway 35, about seven miles east of Kalispell, and extends north for 9.7 miles ending at the junction of US Highway 2 near Columbia Falls.
Improvements planned for S 206 include:
- Widening the shoulders to 4 ft.
- Flattening the steep slopes on the sides of the road.
- Installing guardrail.
- Adding new mailbox turnouts.
- Constructing upgraded sidewalks at the “Park & Ride” located at the junction of US Highway 2 and Secondary Highway 206.
- Resurfacing and chip sealing the roadway.
- Installing centerline and shoulder rumble strips.
Why is the project necessary?
This section of S 206 has a history of roadway departure crashes. The purpose of this project is to improve safety and help reduce roadway departure crashes.
- From 2007 through 2013, the Montana Highway Patrol reported 171 crashes along this corridor, with the main crash trend being roadway departure crashes (78 crashes).
- From 2014 through 2017, there were 116 roadway departure crashes.
- From 2014 through 2017, roadway departure crashes have resulted in 3 fatalities and 8 serious injuries.