Montana Department of Transportation

Malcolm “Mack” Long, Director

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Public Involvement

Chinook to Harlem US 2 Culvert Replacement

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Project Updates

May 10, 2021

  • Paving operations planned for this Monday from Harlem to the Milk River bridge. Schellinger will return later this month to finish the rest of the paving.
  • Traffic will detour along the truck route through Harlem during paving as needed, detour signs will guide traffic along the detour. US 2 will reopen nightly.
  • Work will continue this week west of Harlem installing culverts across US 2 at multiple locations from Chinook to Harlem.
  • Work zones will be controlled with signals and pilot cars, posted at 35 mph. Prepare for small detours shifting traffic onto gravel surfaces to allow the contractor to work safely.
  • Please be mindful as work progresses and expect reduced speed limits. Schellinger will patch installation sites with traffic gravel or pavement millings, and the driving surface may be less than ideal at posted speeds until paving is complete. Expect reduced speed limits of 35 mph over installation areas until paved. Loads wider than 14' may experience delays.

Previous Updates

May 3, 2021

  • The culvert excavation site at milepost 413 east of Zurich will have a width restriction of 12' for single lane traffic from 7am-7am Monday and Tuesday of this week. The roadway will be open to 24' two-way traffic outside of these times.
  • Paving operations will begin this week in the vicinity of Harlem. Traffic will detour along the truck route through Harlem to bypass the construction area during work shifts this week for paving, Detour signs will guide traffic along the detour. US 2 will reopen nightly.
  • Work will continue this week west of Harlem installing culverts across US 2 at multiple locations from Chinook to Harlem.
  • Work zones will be controlled with signals and pilot cars, posted at 35 mph. Prepare for small detours shifting traffic onto gravel surfaces to allow the contractor to work safely.
  • Temporary guardrail is installed at the Harlem Irrigation Canal to allow safe installation of new guardrail at the canal bridge. Access through the bridge area will be narrowed down to 24’ for two lane traffic until work is complete this week. Speed will be posted at 35mph.
  • Please be mindful as work progresses and expect reduced speed limits. Schellinger will patch installation sites with traffic gravel or pavement millings, and the driving surface may be less than ideal at posted speeds until paving is complete. Expect reduced speed limits of 35 mph over installation areas until paved. Loads wider than 14' may experience delays.

April 26, 2021

  • Work will continue this week west of Harlem, installing culverts across US 2 at multiple locations. Work zones will be controlled with signals and are posted at 35 mph. Prepare for minor detours shifting traffic onto gravel surfaces to allow the contractors to work safely.
  • A temporary guardrail is installed east of Harlem (MP 425.70) at the Harlem Irrigation Canal to allow safe installation of new guardrail at the canal bridge. Access through the bridge area will be narrowed down to 24’ for two-lane traffic for the next two weeks. Speed is posted at 35mph.
  • Please be mindful as work progresses and expect reduced speed limits. Schellinger will patch installation sites with traffic gravel or pavement millings, and the driving surface may be less than ideal at posted speeds until paving is complete. Expect reduced speed limits of 35 mph over installation areas until paved. Loads wider than 14' may experience delays.

April 19, 2021

  • Work will continue this week west of Harlem, installing culverts across US 2 at multiple locations.
  • Guardrail installations at the Milk River bridge near Ft. Belknap and Harlem Canal are planned for this week. Work zones will be controlled with signals and are posted at 35 mph. Prepare for minor detours shifting traffic onto gravel surfaces to allow the contractors to work safely.
  • A temporary guardrail will be installed east of Harlem at the Harlem Irrigation Canal bridge starting 4/19/21 to allow safe installation of new guardrail at the canal bridge. Access through the bridge area will be narrowed down to 24’ for two-lane traffic for the next two weeks. Speed is posted at 35mph.
  • Traffic will detour along the truck route through Harlem to bypass the construction work zone during work shifts Monday-Tuesday. Detour signs will guide traffic. US 2 will reopen nightly.
  • Please be mindful as work progresses and expect reduced speed limits. Schellinger will patch installation sites with traffic gravel or pavement millings, and the driving surface may be less than ideal at posted speeds until paving is complete. Expect reduced speed limits of 35 mph over installation areas until paved. Loads wider than 14' may experience delays.

April 12, 2021

  • The contractor will continue working on a ten mile stretch west of Harlem this week, replacing culverts across US 2. These areas are guided with signals and pilot cars.
  • MDT and Schellinger Construction have closed a section of US 2 between Secondary Route 241 and Central Ave. in Harlem, MT, to facilitate safer and quicker installation of the culverts between these routes.
  • The route will be closed for two weeks. The suggested detour is the existing truck route through Harlem, which will be clearly marked. Crews will reopen US 2 overnight and through weekends.
  • Please be mindful as work progresses and expect reduced speed limits. Schellinger will patch installation sites with traffic gravel or pavement millings, and the driving surface may be less than ideal at posted speeds until paving is complete. Expect reduced speed limits of 35 mph over installation areas until paved. Loads wider than 14' may experience delays.

April 5, 2021

  • The contractor will continue working near Harlem this week, replacing culverts across US 2. These areas are guided with signals and pilot cars.
  • MDT and Schellinger Construction will be closing a section of US 2 between Secondary Route 241 and Central Ave. in Harlem, MT, to facilitate safer and quicker installation of the culverts between these routes.
  • Work will begin Monday morning, April 5th, and the route will be closed for two weeks. The suggested detour is the existing truck route through Harlem, which will be clearly marked. Crews will reopen US 2 overnight and through weekends.
  • Work zones may exist west of Harlem outside the detour areas, and will be controlled with signals and are posted at 35mph.
  • Please be mindful as work progresses and expect reduced speed limits. Schellinger will patch installation sites with traffic gravel or pavement millings, and the driving surface may be less than ideal at posted speeds until paving is complete. Expect reduced speed limits of 45 mph over installation areas until paved. Loads wider than 14' may experience delays.

March 29, 2021

  • The contractor will continue working primarily from Harlem to the Milk River bridge this week, replacing culverts across US 2. These areas are guided with signals and pilot cars.
  • Work will also begin this week east of Chinook, as multiple crews will begin placing liners in culverts not planned for replacement. These areas will typically have a speed reduction only, as most of the work will not affect traffic.
  • Crews will control traffic with signal lights and pilot cars. Work zones are posted at 35 mph, and travelers may experience 15-minute delays. The Everett Road approach will be reopened later this week when work in the area is complete. Detour signs and barricades will direct traffic as needed.
  • Please be mindful as work progresses and expect reduced speed limits. Schellinger will patch installation sites with traffic gravel or pavement millings, and the driving surface may be less than ideal at posted speeds until paving is complete. Expect reduced speed limits of 45 mph over installation areas until paved. Loads wider than 14' may experience delays.

March 22, 2021

  • The contractor will continue working primarily from Harlem to the Milk River bridge this week, replacing culverts across US 2.
  • Crews will control traffic with signal lights and pilot cars. Work zones are posted at 35 mph, and travelers may experience 15-minute delays. The Ellis Road approach on either side of US 2 is reopened. The Everett Road approach from US 2 will be closed beginning Wednesday, Mar. 24, until work in the area is complete. Detour signs and barricades will direct traffic as needed.
  • Please be mindful as work progresses and expect reduced speed limits. Schellinger will patch installation sites with traffic gravel or pavement millings, and the driving surface may be less than ideal at posted speeds until paving is complete. Expect reduced speed limits of 45 mph over installation areas until paved. Loads wider than 14' may experience delays.

March 16, 2021

  • The contractor will continue working primarily from Harlem to the Milk River bridge this week, replacing culverts across US 2.
  • Traffic will be controlled with signal lights and pilot cars. Work zones are posted at 35 mph, and travelers may experience 15-minute delays. The Ellis Road approach on either side of US 2 will be closed until work in the area is complete. Detour signs and barricades will direct traffic as needed.
  • Please be mindful as work progresses and expect reduced speed limits. Schellinger will patch installation sites with traffic gravel or pavement millings, and the driving surface may be less than ideal at posted speeds until paving is complete. Expect reduced speed limits of 45 mph over installation areas until paved. Loads wider than 14' may experience delays.

March 8, 2021

  • The Chinook to Harlem Culverts project will repair or replace over 20 deteriorating culverts along a 24 mile stretch of US 2 between Chinook and Harlem. Culvert work will build a strong foundation for the complete reconstruction of the corridor planned within the next five years. Future projects will be more time and cost-efficient, as they will not need to repair or replace culverts during construction.
  • Crews began work on replacing culverts on US 2 today, March 8th, 2021. Motorists should expect crews on the ground, pulverizing the driving surface at culvert locations from the Milk River Bridge westbound to Chinook for four days this week.
  • Once the driving surface is prepped for digging throughout the project, crews will begin culvert excavation, and work will primarily be between Harlem and Ft. Belknap for the next few weeks. Crews will then proceed toward Chinook.
  • Traffic will be controlled with signal lights and pilot cars. Work zones are posted at 35mph, and travelers may experience 15-minute delays. The Ellis Road approach on either side of US 2 will be closed until work in the area is complete. Detour signs and barricades will direct traffic as needed.
  • Please be mindful as work progresses and expect reduced speed limits. Schellinger will patch installation sites with traffic gravel or pavement millings, and the driving surface may be less than ideal at posted speeds until paving is complete. Loads wider than 14' may experience delays.