Montana Department of Transportation

Public Involvement

Billings Bypass

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Open House Meetings to Discuss Billings Bypass Project

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to invite the public to attend one of two open house meetings to receive updates about a new arterial roadway connecting Lockwood and Billings Heights.

The first open house is in Billings on Wednesday, September 27, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Independent Elementary School cafeteria, 2907 Roundup Road.

The second open house is in Lockwood on Thursday, September 28, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Eileen Johnson Middle School Commons at the Lockwood School, 1932 U.S. Highway 87 East.

Project Overview

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Billings Bypass project. The ROD names Phase 1 of the Preferred Alternative (Mary Street Option 2) as described in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), as the selected alternative. This alternative will provide a 5.15-mile-long two-lane roadway connection across the Yellowstone River between I 90 and Old Hwy 312. Secondary corridor improvements associated with this alternative include reconstruction of Five Mile Road to MDT standards, and construction of a new segment of Five Mile Road extending from Dover Road to Old Hwy 312.

Map of Project Areas

Map of project areas - Click to view a larger image

Map of Selected Alternative with Typical Sections

Map of selected alternative with typical sections - Click to view a larger image

Following the approved FEIS and ROD, MDT selected DOWL to advance design and prepare construction documents with support from Kittelson & Associates, Marvin & Associates, Morrison Maierle and Peaks to Plains Design. Due to the project's size, complexity and construction cost, the Bypass is being segmented into six separate construction projects. The first project, expected to begin construction in 2018, will reconstruct Five Mile Road and extend it to a new intersection with Old Highway 312. Depending on the availability of funding, the remaining segments are expected to follow each year there after.