Montana Department of Transportation

Public Involvement

Kalispell Bypass

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What will be built next?

The final segment is the construction of the four-lane bypass between US 2 and Reserve Loop and Four Mile Drive. This construction is expected to begin in Fall 2015 and will require two construction seasons.

What will happen at Four Mile Drive and the Bypass?

The City of Kalispell has selected the connection of Four Mile Drive, from Stillwater Road to Kidsports, as its top urban priority. The City and MDT have completed design and environmental work to construct a two-lane road west of Kidsports. The project will include a bicycle path and a bridge over the future bypass and minor realignment of Stillwater Road.

What will happen at the intersection with Two Mile Drive?

Two Mile Drive will cross above (overpass) the Kalispell Bypass, with no connections between the two roads. The new bike path will provide links between Two Mile Drive and the new (Kalispell Bypass) bikepath, which will link south to Somers and north to US 93.

Will pedestrian and bicycle paths be provided along the bypass?

Yes, there will be sidewalks or pedestrian/bicycle paths along the entire length of the bypass.

How will pedestrians and bicyclists cross the Bypass corridor? Including children?

Pedestrians will be accommodated at all overpasses/underpasses, signalized intersections and roundabouts. Pedestrian underpasses are planned in Section 36 between Glacier High School and Kidsports Park, and have been installed near Sunnyside Drive.

Why is Noise Mitigation planned or not/planned for certain areas?

Noise mitigation (frequently noise walls) funded with highway dollars can only be installed in areas that were identified for mitigation in the environmental document. MDT also recognizes that adjacent landowners need to support the concept of noise walls, if they are to be built. Meetings were held with adjacent landowners to discuss impacts and possible mitigations.

Why is Park Ridge Drive closed?

The Bypass corridor was established prior to the platting and establishment of Park Ridge Drive. The construction of Park Ridge Drive was conditionally approved given that when the Bypass was constructed, Park Ridge Drive would be closed.

Why build roundabouts?

A roundabout provides traffic control with slower speeds and reduces the delay typically experienced at traffic signals, especially during non-peak hours. Roundabouts reduce the number of vehicle conflict locations (compared to a typical 4-way intersection) from 32 to 8 vehicle/vehicle and from 24 to 8 vehicle/pedestrian conflicts. Roundabouts have been shown to reduce the number of traffic crashes and also reduce the severity of crashes; due to the slower speeds required for traveling through a roundabout. The Bypass roundabouts are built to accommodate large trucks, traveling at an appropriate speed.

How do I drive a roundabout?

Visit MDT's roundabout page for more info.

  1. SLOW DOWN - Driving speeds in roundabouts are 15 mph or less.
  2. LOOK TO THE LEFT - Traffic flows in a counterclockwise direction. Yield to vehicles in the roundabout. They have the right-of-way.
  3. STAY RIGHT - Enter the roundabout and stay to the right of the center island. Do not stop if the way is clear. Never pass or overtake another vehicle after entering a single lane roundabout.
  4. TRAVEL AROUND THE CIRCLE - Travel around the circle until you reach your desired street, use your right-turn signal and exit the roundabout.

When entering and exiting, watch for and yield to pedestrians in or waiting at the crosswalk.