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Project Overview

The Virginia City – West project will rehabilitate approximately six miles of Montana Highway 287 (MT 287) from Virginia City to Alder to address pavement conditions and enhance roadway safety features. It also includes upgraded guardrail on the Water Gulch Bridge, project-wide guardrail improvements, seal and cover (chip seal) operations, rumble strip installation, and new pavement markings and signage.

Pedestrian-friendly and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-accessible sidewalk and curb enhancements will be made within the limits of Virginia City. Existing boardwalks will be incorporated into all pedestrian improvements.

Some in-town approaches will be paved to reduce the amount of gravel washing out onto MT 287 and erosion of the gravel side streets. The existing parking pullout within the limits of Nevada City on the northeast side of the highway will be paved, and the parking pullout on the west end of Virginia City will be repaved to address deteriorating pavement.

Project Map

Virginia City – West project map

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The Virginia City – West project will begin in mid-April and last for approximately three months, weather and other factors permitting.

Impacts to the Public

Travelers should expect shoulder closures during construction in Virginia City and Nevada City, and single-lane traffic controlled by pilot cars and signal lights on weekdays. Pedestrians can expect boardwalk closures and minor walking detours in Virginia City. Loads over 16 feet are not permitted and must use an alternate route.

When traveling during construction season, watch for the “cone zone” and workers on the highway. These workers spend their days working a short distance from fast-moving vehicles, and while they make every effort to work safely, they count on you to pay attention, slow down, and be careful as you pass through a work zone.

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