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July 4-8, 2022

Happy 4th of July!

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction are progressing on the Stevensville Safety Improvements project. Crews will not be working on Monday in observance of the holiday. Crews are ready to start paving, which should begin the week of July 11-15. In the meantime, you’ll still find crewmembers along the project area, so please continue to drive safe. Electrical work is continuing at Bell Crossing, and crews are finishing magnesium chloride (dust-suppressant) treatment on the gravel as well.

Traffic controls will continue to be set up in multiple locations within the project area for the duration of this project. Please abide by the signs placed at the ends of driveways and all intersections and wait for the pilot car to travel in your routed direction. These signs are posted only within the pilot car setups on the project site.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

June 27-July 1, 2022

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction are progressing on the Stevensville Safety Improvements project. Crews will work throughout the entire project area this week, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A smooth and safe stretch of the Eastside Highway is closer than ever.

Crews continue laying gravel throughout the project¬–this process will be complete next week. Once they’ve completed this process, they will begin treating the gravel with a layer of mag*. Topsoil will also be spread next week in preparation for paving to start after the 4th of July. Traffic controls will continue to be set up in multiple locations within the project area for the duration of this project. Please abide by the signs placed at the ends of driveways and all intersections and wait for the pilot car to travel in your routed direction. These signs are posted only within the pilot car setups on the project site.

*Mag is short for magnesium chloride. This chemical treatment is hygroscopic, meaning it pulls moisture from the air. When applied to a road, this process keeps it moist no matter what the weather may be. So, with this treatment on the street, dust is controlled, and the road is kept in great condition for future work.

Please plan for delays and reduced speeds throughout the work zone. Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) continues to monitor the project area for traffic violations closely and will administer tickets to keep travelers and our crews safe. Motorists are reminded to pay extra close attention when driving within work zones for our safety and yours.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

June 20-24, 2022

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction is progressing on the Stevensville Safety Improvements project. Crews will work throughout the entire project area this week, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A smooth and safe stretch of the Eastside Highway is closer than ever.

Next week crews will be tidying up approaches throughout the project and starting electrical work at Willougby Lane. They will be making their way north from Bell Crossing to Pine Hollow, adding gravel to the shoulders of the highway. Traffic controls will continue to be set up in multiple locations within the project area for the duration of this project. Please abide by the signs placed at the ends of driveways and all intersections and wait for the pilot car to travel in your routed direction. These signs are posted only within the pilot car setups on the project site

Please plan for delays and reduced speeds throughout the work zone. Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) continues to monitor the project area for traffic violations closely and will administer tickets to keep travelers and our crews safe. Motorists are reminded to pay extra close attention when driving within work zones for our safety and yours.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

June 13-17, 2022

As the weather continues to warm up, the Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction are making significant progress on the Stevensville Safety Improvements project. Crews will continue to work throughout the entire project area this week, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We are on track to complete this project by the end of July.

All gravel should be placed throughout the project limits by the end of next week. Piping and utilities are just about done so crews can prepare to pave the road. A smooth and safe stretch of the Eastside Highway is closer than ever.

Please plan for delays and reduced speeds throughout the work zone. Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) continues to monitor the project area for traffic violations closely and will administer tickets to keep travelers and our crews safe. Motorists are reminded to pay extra close attention when driving within work zones for our safety and yours.

Traffic controls will continue to be set up in multiple locations within the project area for the duration of this project. Please abide by the signs placed at the ends of driveways and all intersections and wait for the pilot car to travel in your routed direction. These signs are posted only within the pilot car setups on the project site.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

June 6-10, 2022

As we come closer to the end of the Stevensville Safety Improvements project, Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction crews will continue to work Active throughout the entire project area this week, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We can confirm that this project will be complete by the summer.

The focus of next week's work will be on the north end of the project, where crews will be installing culverts and placing borrow and gravel. As time permits, crews will be finishing the gravel on the south end of the project. Utilities are mostly complete except for Winters Lane and Victor Crossing.

Please plan for delays and reduced speeds throughout the work zone. Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) closely monitors the project area for traffic violations and will administer tickets to keep travelers and our crews safe.

Traffic controls will be set up in multiple locations within the project area for the duration of this project. Please abide by the signs placed at the ends of driveways and all intersections and wait for the pilot car to travel in your routed direction. These signs are posted only within the pilot car setups on the project site.

Motorists are reminded to pay extra close attention when driving within work zones for our safety and yours.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

May 30-June 3, 2022

Work on the Stevensville Safety Improvements project area will be suspended Friday, May 27-Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day weekend.

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction will return to work Tuesday, May 31 at 7:00 a.m.

This week, crews will be finishing culvert and siphon installations, and stripping topsoil from Higgins Lane to Pine Hollow. Once those operations are complete, earth will be removed from the area and fill will be brought in to create a level embankment. Utility upgrades are now mostly complete on the north end of the project however, some work remains at Winters Lane and Victor Crossing.

Gravel work will begin taking place at North Birch Creek Road in preparation for paving along the main road and approaches. Paving will likely begin in July pending any weather or unforeseen delays.

Speeds throughout the work zone should not exceed 35 mph for our safety and yours! Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) is closely monitoring the project area for traffic violations and will administer tickets.

Traffic controls and pilot cars will be set up in multiple locations within the project area. Please be mindful of project signage and wait for the pilot car to guide you through the work zone in your routed direction.

Drivers are reminded to pay extra close attention when traveling within work zones. MDT advises motorists to be prepared to stop and plan for delays.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

May 23-27, 2022

Active construction will occur throughout the entire Stevensville Safety Improvements project area this week, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Schellinger Construction will be working on the Eastside Highway to finish roadbed preparation from Bell Crossing up to Higgins Lane and gravel will be placed along the shoulders.

Crews continue to work on the north side of the project, laying pipes and awaiting utilities. Once utilities are underway, they will begin building the road on the north side.

Please plan for delays and reduced speeds throughout the work zone. Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) is closely monitoring the project area for traffic violations and will administer tickets to keep travelers and our crews safe.

Traffic controls will be set up in multiple locations within the project area for the duration of this project. Please abide by the signs placed at the ends of driveways and all intersections and wait for the pilot car to travel in your routed direction. These signs are posted only within the pilot car setups on the project site.

Motorists are reminded to pay extra close attention when driving within work zones for our safety and yours.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

May 16-20, 2022

Next week, the Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction will continue to work on the Eastside Highway for the Stevensville Safety Improvements project. Crews will operate throughout the entire project area next week, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

On the south side of the project, crews are moving north as they finish subgrade on the mainline as well as the approaches on the south end. This means that crews are compacting soil to withstand loads on both public and private approaches. They will also continue to place gravel.

Crews are also working on the north side of the project, laying pipes and awaiting utilities. Once utilities are underway, they will begin building the road on the north side. Please plan for pilot cars on either side of the project throughout the week.

Traffic control will be set up in multiple locations within the project area throughout the duration of this project, and these zones will vary from one day to the next. For this reason, we ask drivers to pay extra close attention when driving within work zones for our safety and yours. Please plan for delays and reduced speeds.

As a reminder, Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) is closely monitoring the project area as traffic violations, and unsafe driving patterns have increased throughout the past few weeks. MHP will continue to administer tickets to keep travelers and our crews safe. We ask that you please abide by the signs placed at the ends of driveways and all intersections and wait for the pilot car to travel in your routed direction. These signs are posted only within the pilot car setups on the project site.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

May 9-13, 2022

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction will continue to work on the Eastside Highway for the Stevensville Safety Improvements project next week. Crews will operate throughout the entire project area next week, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Traffic control will be set up in multiple locations within the project area throughout the duration of this project, and these zones will vary from one day to the next. For this reason, we ask drivers to pay extra close attention when driving within work zones for our safety and yours. Please plan for delays and reduced speeds.

Next week on the south side of the project, crews will finish subgrade on approaches, meaning that crews are compacting soil to withstand loads on both public and private approaches. They will also be placing gravel.

Crews are also working on the north side of the project, laying pipes and awaiting utilities. Once utilities are underway, they will begin building the road on the north side. Please plan for pilot cars on either side of the project throughout the week.

As a reminder, Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) is closely monitoring the project area as traffic violations, and unsafe driving patterns have increased throughout the past few weeks. MHP will continue to administer tickets to keep travelers and our crews safe. We ask that you please abide by the signs placed at the ends of driveways and all intersections and wait for the pilot car to travel in your routed direction. These signs are posted only within the pilot car setups on the project site.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

May 1-7, 2022

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction will continue to work on the Eastside Highway for the Stevensville Safety Improvements project next week. Crews will operate throughout the entire project area next week, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

As a reminder, Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) is closely monitoring the project area as traffic violations, and unsafe driving patterns have increased throughout the past few weeks. MHP will continue to administer tickets to keep travelers and our crews safe. We ask that you please abide by the signs placed at the ends of driveways and all intersections and wait for the pilot car to travel in your routed direction. These signs are posted only within the pilot car setups on the project site.

Traffic control will be set up in multiple locations within the project area throughout the duration of this project, and these zones will vary from one day to the next. For this reason, we ask drivers to pay extra close attention when driving within work zones for our safety and yours. Please plan for minor delays and reduced speeds.

Next week, crews will cut approaches and fill with gravel on the south end of the project. This is called a cut and fill technique commonly used when constructing a road. When crews cut, they remove the earth from a specified area (excavated soil). When they fill, they bring earth into that area (embankment earth).

Crews will spend some time on the north side of the project, laying pipes and coordinating utilities. Please plan for pilot cars on either side of the project throughout the week.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

April 24-30, 2022

Progress continues to be made on the Eastside Highway for the Stevensville Safety Improvements project. The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction will continue to operate throughout the entire project area next week, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) has been asked to monitor the project area as traffic violations and unsafe driving patterns have increased throughout the past few weeks. MHP has administered numerous tickets so far, and they will be on site until the project’s completion to continue to patrol the area. For your safety and our crews’, we urge the traveling public to abide by the signs placed at the ends of driveways and at all intersections, asking drivers to wait for the pilot car traveling in their routed direction. These signs are posted only within the confines of the pilot car setups on the project site.

Traffic control will be set up in multiple locations within the project area throughout the duration of this project, and these zones will vary one day to the next. It’s for this reason that we ask drivers to pay extra close attention when driving within work zones, for our safety and yours. Please plan for minor delays and reduced speeds.

Utility work will be the focus of next week’s work, as well as general clean-up throughout the area. Crews will primarily focus efforts just north of Bell Crossing to the project’s end.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

April 17-23, 2022

Next week, crews continue work for the Stevensville Safety Improvements project. The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction will continue to operate throughout the entire project area next week, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Pilot cars and reduced speeds will be utilized throughout the project area. Crews continue to lay irrigation pipes between North Birch Creek and Bell Crossing. Utilities continue to be moved throughout the project, and all copper electrical wires should be cut out near Bell Crossing by next week. On the north end of the project, crews will continue to pour concrete. We ask all travelers to please continue to drive with caution throughout the project area.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

April 10-16, 2022

Thank you to Stevensville residents and commuters for your patience during the Eastside Highway closures for the Stevensville Safety Improvements project. The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction have reopened the closed section of roadway between Bell Crossing and Victor Crossing and will continue to operate throughout the project area next week, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Pilot cars and reduced speeds will be utilized once again throughout the project area. Crews will be focusing efforts between North Birch Creek and Bell Crossing to complete irrigation work. On the north end of the project, crews will be pouring concrete and laying pipes. We ask all travelers to please continue to drive with caution throughout the project area.

Next week is National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW)! This themed week highlights the importance of paying close attention at highway work areas. Help us make sure each crew member returns home each night. If you feel inclined to participate, consider wearing orange on Wednesday for Go Orange Day! #NWZAW #Orange4Safety

Please consider the three S’s of work zone safety when traveling in this area: speed, space, and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

April 3-9, 2022

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction plan to close the Eastside Highway near Groff Lane from 9:00 a.m. Monday, April 4 to 9:00 a.m. Saturday, April 9. Please be prepared to travel a detour route, which will lead traffic to US 93 between Bell Crossing and Victor Crossing. The Eastside Highway remains open 24/7 to residents who live within the closed area. We ask all residents living within the closure to please proceed with caution as they navigate the site.

Crews will work around the clock throughout the week to replace the existing box culvert near Groff Lane. Closing this section of the roadway significantly shortens the time crews are on the road and provides cost savings to Montana taxpayers. Thanks for letting us get this work done efficiently and safely.

In the meantime, utility crews continue to work near this area, pulling fiber and laying pipes. Please consider the three S’s of work zone safety when traveling in this area: speed, space, and stress. Slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits. Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Keep your cool, pay attention, and plan for delays.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

March 27 - April 2, 2022

After a successful partial road closure on the Eastside Highway in late March, the Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction plan to do so once again from Monday, April 4 to Saturday, April 9. These closures shorten the time crews are on the road and provided significant cost savings to Montana taxpayers. Thanks for letting us get this work done efficiently and safely.

From Monday, April 4 to Saturday, April 9, the upcoming closure will take place just north of Groff Lane by about 300 feet. Crews will work around the clock throughout the week to replace the existing short-span bridge with a box culvert. A detour along US 93 between Bell Crossing and Victor Crossing will lead traffic to US 93 and be in place from 9 a.m. on Monday, April 4 through 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 9. The Eastside Highway remains open 24/7 to residents who live within the closed area. We ask all residents living within the closure to please proceed with caution as they navigate the site.

As crews are working on the closure, a flagger will be stationed at Groff Lane around the clock as needed to direct traffic at the work site to ensure everyone remains safe. Additionally, a flagger will be positioned at the Bell Crossing intersection to allow passage to trucks hauling materials to and from the box culvert installation site.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please feel free to email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

March 20-26, 2022

Construction continues on the Stevensville Safety Improvements project. The Eastside Highway remains closed to all thru traffic until Monday, March 21 at 6:00 pm. between Bell Crossing and Victor Crossing. A detour along US 93 between Bell Crossing and Victor Crossing is now in place. Thru traffic should follow all detour signs for safe travel through this area as long as the closure remains.

After the closure opens at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 21, pilot cars and reduced speeds will be utilized once again throughout the project area–the setup will look similar to how it was before the closure. Once the closure is no longer in effect, main focus of the week will be to set up for the installation of a box culvert just north of Groff Lane. Detours will be built surrounding the box culvert and crews will also be installing a dewatering system, which will effectively remove groundwater and surface water from the site. Finally, at the south end of the project site about a mile north of North Birch Creek Road and around the Double Fork Ranch, the crew will be setting a large irrigation structure with a crane. There will be no additional impact to traffic due to the use of this crane.

We have received many great questions about the closure, especially from those living within the closed area. To clarify, the Eastside Highway remains open 24/7 to residents who live within the closed roads. Local access for residents through the area will remain in place via Victor Crossing. This closure allows crews to safely and efficiently remove the existing bridge and install a culvert over Willoughby Creek at Gib Strange Lane. No weight restrictions or pilot cars are in place. We ask all residents living within the closure to please proceed with caution as you navigate the area.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please feel free to email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

March 13-19, 2022

The next phase of the Stevensville Safety Improvements project requires the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction to close the Eastside Highway to all thru traffic between Bell Crossing and Victor Crossing between March 16 and 21.

Crews will work around the clock inside the closure beginning Wednesday, March 16 at 6pm until Monday, March 21 at 6pm. No construction activities will be conducted outside of the closure area while the closure is in place.

This area, in which traffic had previously been regulated by pilot car, will now be closed to all thru vehicular traffic on the Eastside Highway between Bell Crossing and Victor Crossing. Thru traffic should follow the detour signs, which will lead them to a detour route along US 93 between Bell Crossing and Victor Crossing.

The Eastside Highway will remain open to the residents living within the confines of the closure, but those residents will need to access the closed stretch via Victor Crossing.

This closure will allow crews to safely and efficiently remove the existing bridge install a culvert over Willoughby Creek at Gib Strange Lane. We ask all residents living within the closure to please proceed with caution within it, and thank you for your patience during this closure.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please feel free to email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

March 6-12, 2022

This week, the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction will continue work on the Stevensville Safety Improvements project. Please keep in mind that as daylight savings time approaches on Sunday, March 13, crews will continue to work the same hours, Monday through Friday from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Two pilot zones will be utilized throughout the project area during work hours next week–one on the north end of the project and one on the south. These zones will likely result in some minor delays, so please plan travels accordingly. We will continue to safely guide traffic through the work zone as efficiently as possible.

While crews continue to replace irrigation lines and stabilize banks, drivers are encouraged to be mindful of changing conditions, reduce their speed, and be alert for workers throughout the project area.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please feel free to email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

February 27 - March 5, 2022

UPDATE: Due to winter weather conditions, the South of Stevensville Safety Improvements project will now resume on Monday, February 28. Thanks for your patience. Please drive safe and #KnowBeforeYouGo. Visit mdt.mt.gov/travinfo to find information about road conditions, incidents, and more.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please feel free to email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

February 20-26, 2022

Starting February 23, the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Schellinger Construction will resume work on the Stevensville Safety Improvements project. Between North Birch Creek and Bell Crossing, crews will utilize pilot cars to safely guide traffic through the work zone. Drivers are encouraged to be mindful of changing conditions, reduce their speed, and be alert for workers.

Crews will be on-site Monday through Friday from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. If daylight allows, however, crews will be starting earlier. To kick off the 2022 construction season, crews will be updating/replacing irrigation lines and stabilizing banks on the south end of the project.

Entire construction operations will be in full swing by March. Motorists traveling through the area can expect delays and reduced speeds within the construction zone. Traffic control will also be working with local schools to ensure busses have priority throughout the project to get all to school on time.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please feel free to email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

November 21-27, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation and Schellinger Construction have wrapped up paving operations and construction activity has finished for the season. Construction crews will return in late winter 2022 (around February) weather permitting, to work on box culverts and other finishing work.

Utility work on the project site will be ongoing throughout the winter with little to no disruption to traffic. Work will pause this week as utility crews celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday and resume on Monday, November 29.

Drivers are once again traveling through the area at 65 mph but should proceed carefully, watch their speed, and be mindful of workers, equipment, and signs.

MDT will inform the public and media of when construction activity will resume on the project before work begins in late winter 2022. Until then, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please feel free to email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

November 14-20, 2021

Construction is moving forward on the South of Stevensville Safety Improvements project.

Next week, Schellinger Construction and the Montana Department of Transportation will be wrapping up paving operations throughout the project area. Pilot cars will guide traffic through the work zone from both the north and south ends of the project.

Construction will pause the week of November 22 while crews celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Work will resume the week of November 29.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please feel free to email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

November 7-13, 2021

Next week, Schellinger Construction and the Montana Department of Transportation continue construction on the South of Stevensville Safety Improvements project. As crews continue to move north, traffic patterns should stay similar to prior weeks.

Utility crews continue to work on the south end of the project near North Birch Creek Road. Simultaneously, Schellinger’s construction crews continue to install culverts on the stretch of roadway between Bell Crossing and Higgins Lane. Culverts pipe underneath the roadway and allow for movement of water/debris and act as a load bearing structure.

Expect one lane of travel in two-mile work zones throughout the week as crews conduct culvert work between Higgins Lane and Pine Hollow Road. This will only be taking place during the day, though speeds will continue to be lowered at night. Drivers should continue to practice caution on this stretch of roadway 24 hours a day.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please feel free to email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

October 31 – November 6, 2021

Next week, Schellinger Construction and the Montana Department of Transportation continue construction on the South of Stevensville Safety Improvements project. As crews continue to move north, traffic patterns should stay similar to prior weeks.

Crews are continuing to install culverts, the piping underneath the roadway that allows for movement of water/debris and acts as a load bearing structure. Much of this work, and the work to come in the next few weeks, is dependent on the project’s partners responsible for utilities. Once the utilities are taken care of, Schellinger’s crews will begin the remaining tasks for this project’s completion.

Expect one lane of travel in two-mile work zones throughout the week as crews conduct pipe work between North Birch Creek Road and Pine Hollow Road. This will only be taking place during the day, though speeds will continue to be lowered at night. Drivers should continue to practice caution on this stretch of roadway 24-hours a day.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please feel free to email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

October 24 - 30, 2021

Next week, Schellinger Construction and the Montana Department of Transportation are continuing construction on the South of Stevensville Safety Improvements project. As crews continue to move north, traffic patterns should stay similar to prior weeks.

Schellinger’s crews are working their way up the project area from Bell Crossing. Current construction activities largely consist of culvert installation. Culverts are piping underneath the roadway that allow for movement of water/debris and act as load-bearing structures. Expect one lane of travel in two-mile work zones throughout the week as crews conduct pipe work between North Birch Creek Road and Pine Hollow Road and reduced speeds at night. Drivers should continue to practice caution on this stretch of roadway 24 hours a day.

If you are a landowner and need to contact the project team regarding fencing, utilities, or anything else relating to your land, please let me know. We’re here to help.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please feel free to email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

October 17 - 23, 2021

Construction on the South of Stevensville Safety Improvements project continues throughout the month of October. Crews will continue to relocate utilities, install fencing, and conduct pipe work on the Eastside Highway, Highway 269.

Next week, drivers should expect similar traffic control measures from the past few weeks. There will be minimal delays as pilot cars lead cars through a single lane of traffic in a two-mile work zone. The two-mile work zone will shift throughout the week as crews conduct pipe work between North Birch Creek Road and Pine Hollow Road. This will only be taking place during the day, and no traffic control will be set up at night. Drivers should continue to practice caution on this stretch of roadway 24 hours a day.

October 10 - 16, 2021

Construction on the South of Stevensville Safety Improvements project continues throughout the month of October. Crews will be relocating utilities, installing fencing, and conducting pipe work on the Eastside Highway, Highway 269.

Next week, drivers should expect minimal delays as pilot cars lead them through a single lane of traffic in a two-mile work zone. The one-mile work zone will shift throughout the week as crews conduct pipe work between North Birch Creek Road and Pine Hollow Road. This will only be taking place during the day, and no traffic control will be set up at night. Drivers should continue to practice caution on this stretch of roadway 24-hours a day.

You will also encounter gravel patches in the roadway as a result of construction. These areas will be posted at 35 MPH at all times until they are paved. Thank you for slowing down and understanding.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please feel free to email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

October 3 - 9, 2021

Next week, construction will continue on the South of Stevensville Safety Improvements project. Travel will be reduced to one lane in two-mile sections between North Birch Creek Road and Pine Hollow Road as crews relocate utilities, install fencing, and conduct pipe work on the Eastside Highway, Highway 269.

Work will carry on throughout the month and will likely take place as long as weather allows. As always, drivers are encouraged to be mindful of changing conditions, reduce their speed, and be alert for workers.

If you have any questions about this week’s update, please feel free to email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

September 27-October 1, 2021

Construction on this project resumes Monday, September 27. Thank you for your patience. The Montana Department of Transportation values these safety improvements and is eager to see this project completed.

In the months since the project shut down, MDT has opened the project up for bidding and chosen a new contractor, Schellinger Construction. Schellinger crews are expected to work on this project from late September through November. Work will shut down for the winter and resume in the spring, with expected completion during summer 2022.

Weekly updates will be provided every Friday throughout construction. To sign up, email Amy Aiello at amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Text updates are also available. To register, text STEVENSVILLE to 41411.*

*Texting alerts are not managed by MDT and may have different privacy and security policies. Message frequency may vary. Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. For more information see Terms and privacy policy [smstc.us].

May 23-29, 2021

This week, The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and FirstMark Construction are continuing construction on the South of Stevensville Safety Improvements project.

Travelers can expect the same single-lane alternating traffic through the construction area with both pilot cars and signal lights that've been in place over the past few weeks. These patterns help drivers to navigate through the construction zone as crews work building ditches beside the Eastside Highway. Please continue to remain patient and wait for pilot cars to arrive prior to proceeding through the work zone. Delays can last up to 15 minutes for each side to safely travel through the area.

If you have any questions about this week's construction, please feel free to email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

May 17-21, 2021

This week, The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and FirstMark Construction are continuing construction on the South of Stevensville Safety Improvements project. Travelers can expect similar traffic control measures as have been in place the past two weeks. This consists of single-lane alternating traffic through the construction area with both pilot cars and signal lights. These help drivers to navigate through the construction zone as crews work building ditches beside the Eastside Highway.

Please continue to remain patient and wait for pilot cars to arrive prior to proceeding through the work zone. Delays can last up to 15 minutes for each side to safely travel through the area.

If you have any questions about this week's construction, please feel free to email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

May 10-14, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation and FirstMark Construction are continuing construction on the South of Stevensville Safety Improvements project this week.

As crews continue to build out the ditches out for this project, drivers can expect single-lane alternating traffic through the construction area with both pilot cars and signal lights in place. Please remain patient and wait for pilot cars to arrive prior to proceeding through the area. Delays can last up to 15 minutes for each side to travel through the area safely.

If you have any questions about this week's construction, please feel free to email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

May 3-7, 2021

Construction on the South of Stevensville Safety Improvements project continues during the first week of May. Drivers can expect single-lane alternating traffic through the construction area with both pilot cars and signal lights in place to help with travel. Please remain patient and wait for pilot cars to arrive prior to proceeding through the area. Delays can last up to 15 minutes for each side to travel through the area safely.

This week, crews will be focusing on building out the ditches for this project. Eventually, they will be widening the shoulders and building flatter slopes near the edge of the road, a key part of the safety improvements associated with this project. Once this project is complete, a driver who runs off the roadway might be able to recover and drive back on the highway more easily than before.

If you have any questions about this week's construction, please feel free to email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

April 26 - 30, 2021

Construction on the South of Stevensville Safety Improvements project continues for the week of April 26. Drivers can expect single-lane alternating traffic through the construction area with both pilot cars and signal lights in place to help with travel. Please remain patient and wait for pilot cars to arrive prior to proceeding through the area. Delays can last up to 15 minutes for each side to travel through the area safely.

Crews are removing topsoil in preparation for widening the highway. They are also building flatter slopes near the edge of the road, a key part of the safety improvements associated with this project. Once this project is complete, a driver who runs off the roadway might be able to recover and drive back on the highway more easily than before.

If you have any questions about this week's construction, please feel free to email amyXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Text STEVENSVILLE to 41411 to receive these updates. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

April 18-24, 2021

The South of Stevensville Safety Improvements Project is coming along very well. Thanks to everyone for their patience and understanding as we move forward with this project’s construction.

Crews are continuing to remove tree stumps and expect to be done with this process by the end of April. Trees are being saved wherever possible, however there are approximately 24 trees, or four (4) per mile, that are too close to the highway and pose a safety hazard. Therefore, they will be removed. Crews will begin leveling the land for the ditches to be built beginning mid-next week. Little to no delays are expected at this time.

To receive these updates, text STEVENSVILLE to 41411. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

April 11-17, 2021

A recorded version of this week's open house will be available to watch on the Montana Department of Transportation's YouTube channel [youtube.com] soon. Thanks to all who were able to join us.

Tree removals are now underway and should be completed by the end of the month. Any changes in traffic patterns will be indicated by proper signage. During this process, you can expect little to no delays. Crews are also adjusting utility lines at this time. All work being done now is in preparation for the construction of the safety improvements to come, including flattening slopes and building shoulders.

To receive these updates, text STEVENSVILLE to 41411. You can also call our project hotline at 406-207-4484 with any comments.

April 4-10, 2021

The South of Stevensville Safety Improvements Project open house is Wednesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. There’s still plenty of time to register. To do so, please visit the registration page. This event will be an opportunity to learn more about project details and for the project team to respond to any of your comments or questions about upcoming construction. By mid-next week, you can expect to see two new portable message signs placed at the north and south perimeters of this project indicating that tree removals are taking place.

Following the same schedule as last week, crews will be conducting minor utility work and removing trees along the Eastside Highway in preparation for construction. Soon this area will be ready for crews to begin making safety improvements to the Eastside Highway from Pine Hollow Road to North Birch Creek Road. As tree removals take place this week, there is a possibility for minor delays. No road closures are anticipated at this time, though this is subject to change once crews begin flattening slopes and constructing shoulders along the road in upcoming weeks.

March 28 - April 3, 2021

In preparation for construction, the Montana Department of Transportation is conducting minor utility work and tree removals along the Eastside Highway. Engineers from DOWL and DJ&A are finalizing their plans and permits, and FirstMark Construction is readying to begin widening and making safety improvements to the Eastside Highway from Pine Hollow Road to North Birch Creek Road. Though subject to change, no road closures or delays are anticipated at this time.

The Montana Department of Transportation would like to invite the public to an open house via Zoom on Wednesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. This will be an opportunity to learn more about project details and for the project team to respond to any of your concerns and comments about upcoming construction. Registration is required to attend. Register here.

March 21-27, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation would like to invite the public to an open house via Zoom on Wednesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. This will be an opportunity to learn more about project details and for the project team to respond to any of your concerns and comments about upcoming construction. Registration is required to attend. Register here.

The Montana Department of Transportation and contractors to continue conducting minor utility work along the Eastside Highway in preparation for construction. Tree removals will also begin this week. Engineers from DOWL and DJ&A are finalizing their plans and permits; and FirstMark Construction is readying to begin widening and making safety improvements to the Eastside Highway from Pine Hollow Road to North Birch Creek Road.

Though subject to change, no road closures or delays are anticipated at this time. In the coming weeks, construction crews will begin flattening slopes and constructing shoulders along the road. Expect single-lane closures once this work begins. Any changes in traffic will be shared through this email update as soon as they are announced.

March 14-20, 2021

The Montana Department of Transportation would like to invite you to an open house via Zoom for this project on Wednesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. to provide more information about the project, let you know what to expect throughout the summer months, answer any questions you might have, and hear your thoughts and concerns. Registration is required to attend. Register here.

After some sun and snowfall last week, the Montana Department of Transportation will continue conducting utility work along the Eastside Highway. Crews will be working throughout the entire project area, which runs from Pine Hollow Road to North Birch Creek Road.

Traffic may be reduced to one lane in some areas, but no significant delays or closures are anticipated at this time. This is subject to change throughout the season as the work tasks shift, including flattening the roadside slopes and constructing shoulders on either side of the highway. I will let you know of any changes in traffic management through this email update as soon as they are announced.

March 8-12, 2021

Next week, crews will continue removing trees and conducting utility work along the Eastside Highway. They will be working throughout the entire project area, which runs from Pine Hollow Road to North Birch Creek Road. With crews and equipment near the roadway, drivers are advised to be mindful of changing conditions and be alert for workers.

Traffic may be reduced to one lane, but no significant delays or closures are anticipated at this time. This could change throughout the spring as the work shifts to more substantial construction tasks, including flattening the roadside slopes and constructing shoulders on either side of the highway. You will be notified of any changes in traffic management through this email update as soon as they are announced.

We will be hosting an open house via Zoom on Wednesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. to provide more information about the project, let you know what to expect throughout the summer months, answer any questions you might have, and hear your thoughts and concerns. Registration is required to attend. Register here.