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Weekly Updates

November 17, 2020

  • Construction activities paused on Whitetail Road over the winter.
  • Construction activities on Whitetail Road are paused over the winter. Crews will continue to work on fencing (weather permitting) and wrap up remaining work in 2021.
  • "We’d really like to thank the community for being patient during construction," said MDT Butte District Engineering Project Manager Shane Watson. "The contractor will need a few weeks next year to finish up the project."
  • The remaining work includes chip sealing and striping (painting) the asphalt on the northern section of the project, finishing seeding along the sides of the road, and completing miscellaneous clean up tasks.
  • Work completed in 2020 by MDT's contractor Bjorn Johnson Construction included:
    • Replacing over 10 miles of moisture-sensitive soils with an improved gravel base.
    • Resurfacing 8.8 miles of gravel road (southern section).
    • Resurfacing 1.5 miles of asphalt pavement (northern section).
    • Installing a large box culvert at the Little Boulder River.
    • Replacing pipe culverts, irrigation structures, fencing, signs and delineation markers.
    • Realigning the intersection of N. Whitetail Road and Little Boulder Road.
    • Realigning and straightening curves on N. Whitetail Road.
  • MDT will provide notification prior to construction resuming in 2021.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation together with its construction contracting partners continue to take the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously. Construction projects on Montana’s roads and bridges are considered an “essential” operation and will continue moving forward as scheduled in 2020. Construction workers will continue several measures to help keep employees, contractors and the public safe during the construction season. Some of the measures include following social distancing and good hygiene guidelines, and not reporting to work if showing symptoms of illness. For more information visit https://covid19.mt.gov/.

Previous Updates

October 2, 2020

  • Paving nearly complete
  • Paving on the northern section of the project between Hot Springs Road and the Jefferson County Fairgrounds is expected to be completed this weekend. Crews will continue to work on the gravel roads on the southern section of the project area. Construction is anticipated to be completed this fall.
  • What to expect:
    • Pilot car and flaggers will guide traffic.
    • Motorists will drive on rough gravel roadway surfaces.
    • Speed limits are reduced.
    • Vehicles over 12-feet wide are restricted
  • The Montana Department of Transportation together with its construction contracting partners continue to take the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously. Construction projects on Montana’s roads and bridges are considered an “essential” operation and will continue moving forward as scheduled in 2020. Construction workers will continue several measures to help keep employees, contractors and the public safe during the construction season. Some of the measures include following social distancing and good hygiene guidelines, and not reporting to work if showing symptoms of illness. For more information visit https://covid19.mt.gov/.

September 18, 2020

  • Whitetail Road detour removed
  • The Whitetail Road detour has been removed and is now open for motorists. Paving on the northern section of the project between Hot Springs Road and the Jefferson County Fairgrounds is expected to begin next week.
  • What to expect:
    • Pilot car and flaggers will guide traffic.
    • Motorists will drive on rough gravel roadway surfaces.
    • Speed limits are reduced.
    • Vehicles over 12-feet wide are restricted
  • The Montana Department of Transportation together with its construction contracting partners continue to take the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously. Construction projects on Montana’s roads and bridges are considered an “essential” operation and will continue moving forward as scheduled in 2020. Construction workers will continue several measures to help keep employees, contractors and the public safe during the construction season. Some of the measures include following social distancing and good hygiene guidelines, and not reporting to work if showing symptoms of illness. For more information visit https://covid19.mt.gov/.

September 4, 2020

  • No construction over Labor Day weekend (9/5 – 9/7).
  • Construction work has been suspended during the Labor Day weekend (9/5 - 9/7). MDT asks motorists to remember to:
    • Follow all posted signage.
    • Reduce speeds in work zones.
    • Be mindful of changing road conditions.
  • Construction is expected to resume on Tuesday, September 8.
  • What to expect over the holiday weekend:
    • The Little Boulder River bridge on Whitetail Road remains closed.
    • Whitetail Road traffic is detoured using Hot Springs Road and MT 69.
    • Motorists will drive on rough gravel roadway surfaces.
    • Speed limits are reduced.
    • Vehicles over 12-feet wide are restricted.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation together with its construction contracting partners continue to take the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously. Construction projects on Montana’s roads and bridges are considered an “essential” operation and will continue moving forward as scheduled in 2020. Construction workers will continue several measures to help keep employees, contractors and the public safe during the construction season. Some of the measures include following social distancing and good hygiene guidelines, and not reporting to work if showing symptoms of illness. For more information visit https://covid19.mt.gov/

August 31, 2020

  • Installation of 15-foot wide culvert over Little Boulder River continues
  • Crews are placing the 15-foot wide box culvert in the Little Boulder River this week. The box culvert replaces two smaller pipe culverts allowing more water and debris to pass beneath the road reducing county maintenance costs. The box design and alignment will keep the river flowing more naturally and provide better fish passage through the culvert.
  • Whitetail Road remains closed between Broken Limb Road and Hot Springs Road for the work.
  • What to expect
    • Traffic will be detoured using Hot Springs Road and MT 69.
    • Traffic is reduced to one lane and controlled with pilot cars, traffic signals or flaggers.
    • 15-minute delays during the day.
    • Motorists will drive on rough gravel roadway surfaces.
    • Speed limits are reduced.
    • Vehicles over 12-feet wide are restricted.
  • Please slow down and pay attention to signs and changing traffic patterns through the work zone.
  • The Montana Department of Transportation together with its construction contracting partners continue to take the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously. Construction projects on Montana’s roads and bridges are considered an “essential” operation and will continue moving forward as scheduled in 2020. Construction workers will continue several measures to help keep employees, contractors and the public safe during the construction season. Some of the measures include following social distancing and good hygiene guidelines, and not reporting to work if showing symptoms of illness. For more information visit https://covid19.mt.gov/

August 6, 2020

  • Whitetail Road will be closed between Broken Limb Road and Hot Springs Road beginning Friday, August 7.
  • Crews will replace two pipe culverts carrying the Little Boulder River beneath Whitetail Road with one larger box culvert. The work is expected to take several weeks to complete.
  • What to expect during construction
  • During the closure, traffic will be detoured using Hot Springs Road and MT 69. View the Detour Map. Hot Springs Road is a gravel surface with a 25-mph speed limit. Throughout the rest of the project area motorists can expect:
    • Traffic will be detoured using Hot Springs Road and MT 69
    • Traffic reduced to one lane and controlled with pilot cars, traffic signals or flaggers.
    • 15-minute delays during the day.
    • Motorists will drive on rough gravel roadway surfaces.
    • Speed limits are reduced.
    • Vehicles over 12-feet wide are restricted.
  • Please slow down and pay attention to signs and changing traffic patterns through the work zone.

July 31, 2020

  • Crews will begin replacing the two pipe culverts carrying the Little Boulder River beneath Whitetail Road (S 399) with one larger box culvert soon. Whitetail Road will be closed between Broken Limb Road and Hot Springs Road for several weeks while the culverts are replaced.
  • What to expect during construction
  • During the closure, traffic will be detoured using Hot Springs Road and MT 69. Hot Springs Road is a gravel surface with a 25-mph speed limit. Throughout the rest of the project area motorists can expect:
    • Traffic reduced to one lane and controlled with pilot cars, traffic signals or flaggers.
    • 15-minute delays during the day.
    • Motorists will drive on rough gravel roadway surfaces.
    • Speed limits are reduced.
    • Vehicles over 12-feet wide are restricted.
  • Please slow down and pay attention to signs and changing traffic patterns through the work zone.