The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) continues moving forward with the US 212 – Red Lodge to Roberts project. The team is in the process of finalizing plans with landowners located in the project area and has finished roughly 65 percent of right-of-way negotiations. The goal is to wrap up on these agreements by the fall permitting no delays.
Staff is also conducting traffic counts, including counting the number of turning vehicles near Fox East Bench Road and the Red Lodge KOA Journey. These efforts are being done as a direct result of feedback received during the open house earlier this year. You may see equipment or personnel near the side of the road in these areas. Results from the traffic count will help the project team understand any changes in traffic flow in recent years and inform next steps.
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) continues to move the US 212 – Red Lodge to Roberts project forward. The MDT project team is currently a little more than halfway through right-of-way negotiations with landowners. This is when plans become truly solidified as landowners and MDT representatives come to an agreement on the changes happening to their plot. During this time, staff not only work on right-of-way contracts, they make adjustments to project details as a result of negotiations.
In addition, staff are securing environmental permits, another key task needed for any project. In order to receive the permits needed for construction, other agencies review MDT’s plans, ensuring that the least environmentally damaging alternative was chosen and that impacts are limited as much as possible.
Both of these processes can take multiple months and can be lengthened further if agreements cannot be reached or if major changes are requested. It is the goal to have the project fully ready to build by 2022 or 2023. MDT also continues to look for funding to complete the project on this timeframe, but it could be a few years beyond this estimate that funding is solidified and construction occurs.