Montana Department of Transportation

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Gold Creek Safety Rest Area Study

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Gold Creek Safety Rest Area Study?

The Gold Creek Safety Rest Area Study is an assessment occurring before project-level activities. The process involves conducting an evaluation of needs and constraints to identify viable alternatives within available funding.

For more information, refer to MDT's 2014 Montana Rest Area Plan.

Who is conducting this study?

DOWL is assisting MDT to complete the study effort by November 2017.

What steps will be taken during the study?

Steps in the study process are described below. Public involvement opportunities will be included throughout the study process.

  1. Develop study work plan.
    The planning team will assess the complexity of the issues within the study area and the level of effort required to address the issues.
  2. Identify existing conditions.
    The team will consider existing site constraints, corridor needs, public/stakeholder input, and financial feasibility to operate and maintain, as well as environmental resources within the study area.
  3. Evaluate alternatives.
    The team will assess two alternatives: reduction in service (which would include maintaining the site ramps and parking areas, removing building facilities, and installing vaulted toilets) and complete closure (which would include site reclamation following removal of the facilities, parking areas, and ramps). The team will assess the cost and feasibility of each alternative through the development of screening criteria based on site visits, data review, stakeholder/public feedback, and discussion with MDT.
  4. Prepare draft study report.
    The team will prepare a draft report documenting the planning process, including stakeholder and public input, key findings, recommendations, and next steps
  5. Finalize draft study report.
    The team will finalize the study report after considering comments from stakeholders and members of the public. Recommendations from the study will assist MDT in identifying future actions based on need and feasibility.

How can I be involved in the study?

Members of the public may provide comment and review published documents posted to the study website. MDT and DOWL will consider all comments to better understand issues, concerns, opportunities, and constraints.

Members of the public may also provide comment or inquire about the study by contacting the study team or using the comment button above.