US 89 Sun River to 1st Road South
The Montana Department of Transportation is designing improvements to US Highway 89 between Sun River and 1st Road South in Cascade County. The project begins at the junction of US 89 and Montana Highway 200 and extends 8.4 miles northwest ending approximately ½ mile southeast of 1st Road South.
The project will reconstruct 8.4 miles of roadway and replace five bridges. The roadway will be shifted in some locations to reduce impacts to developed properties and avoid environmentally sensitive areas.
The design plans will include:
- Reducing the steepness of slopes on the side of the road.
- Reducing the grade (steepness) of vertical hills.
- Replacing five bridges.
- Adding 6-foot shoulders.
- Adding a new gravel base and pavement.
- Adding centerline and shoulder rumble strips.
The purpose of this project is to improve safety and help reduce roadway departure crashes. This section of US 89 was built in the 1940’s and has areas with steep slopes on the side of the road, rolling hills, and narrow shoulders. Safety improvements in this area will help reduce the risk of roadway departure crashes.
- From 2008 through 2017, the Montana Highway Patrol reported 81 crashes along this corridor, with the main crash trend being roadway departure crashes.
MDT will notify the community about public involvement opportunities through this website, local media, mailings, social media and other communication channels throughout the project development process.
MDT encourages members of the public to join the project's mailing list by submitting their contact information to Brandon Coates .