Montana Department of Transportation

Bench Boulevard Project

Active Project - Bench Boulevard Project

Bench Boulevard - Hilltop to Pemberton

Construction Status

For the duration of the Bench Boulevard Reconstruction Project drivers are advised to please plan additional travel time as there will be side street closures, detours and brief delays throughout. Crews will be in operation Monday through Friday from approximately 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

During the week of August 1, there will be significant work and congestion from Hilltop Road to Anchor Avenue. Crews will continue the placement of concrete for sidewalks and driveways while beginning earthwork and gravel placement in new areas. Gainan’s will be available at Hilltop Road and Dietz Auto can be accessed through the work zone from the south.

Between Mattson and the north side of the Wicks intersection, crews will begin the preparations for paving as well as the placement of concrete for curb, sidewalks and driveways. Due to the adjacent closure immediately to the north, this zone is only accessible to local residents on Bench and Lynch Drive.

A full closure of Bench will remain in place from north of Barrett Road to south of Mattson Lane. This week, Knife River will be paving this section but will also continue concrete placement for sidewalks and driveways. Access for residents and the Bitterroot Elementary School will be available from the south end near Mattson. This closure will last for about three more weeks.

The stretch from Barrett to Pemberton is open. However, work will be continuing intermittently behind the curb on boulevards, signs, mailboxes and street lights. Heights Vet Clinic as well as private residences can be accessed from the north.

Plan for Side Streets of Bench:

  • Looped side streets:
    -Dreamers Loop, Heights Lane and Steffanich Drive/Ahoy Ave/Anchor Ave will always have one entry to Bench available but construction will alternate which entry is open. Drivers may experience brief delays when exiting onto Bench.
  • Side streets closed at Bench:
    -Key City Drive, Jaque Lane/Bender Street, Mattson Lane and Shawnee Drive will have access via Main Street. Barrett Road will have access from the east via Hawthorne Lane and Dorothy Lane will have access from the east via Kenneth Street and Yellowstone River Road.
  • Dead end streets with no outlet:
    -South Wagner Lane, Lambrecht Lane, Kyhl Lane, the alley across from Mattson, Lynch Drive and Birch Lane will have access maintained on Bench through the work zone.

Knife River is working hard to complete areas quickly and minimize any hindrance to local residents and businesses. Please be respectful of flagger instructions and stay alert while conditions are changing. Drivers are also reminded that fines do double in work zones and to please abide by the posted speed limits.

Knife River appreciates the partnership of the Heights community while we work to create a safer roadway and neighborhood. To ensure everyone's safety this summer now that school is out, Knife River urges parents to stress that children keep a safe distance away from all work areas and choose safe routes for walk/bike travel.

Suggested Routes for those wishing to avoid traffic congestion

  • Bitterroot Drive
  • Hawthorne Lane
  • Wicks Lane
  • Hilltop Road
  • Main Street

To sign up for weekly email notifications, please . Weekly updates will also be printed in the Billings Gazette and announced Mondays on the following radio stations:

  • 102.9 FM Cat Country
  • 97.1 FM PopCrush
  • 103.7 FM The Hawk
  • 530 AM (Project frequency provided by MDT)

For questions or concerns about the Bench Boulevard Project, please call 406-281-2098 during business hours.

Thanks to Bench Area residents for your ongoing patience!