Montana Department of Transportation

Public Involvement

Kalispell Bypass

Project History

Summary Of Past Activity

1992 – 1994

  • US 93, Somers to West of Whitefish Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) considers alternatives for US 93. The EIS combined several ongoing and planned projects from Somers to Whitefish, including the Kalispell Bypass. An Advisory Committee is established to guide the process.

1993

  • The Kalispell Transportation Plan and Bypass Feasibility Study issued in October recommends westside bypass around Kalispell.

1994

  • FEIS recommends western bypass around Kalispell as preferred alternative.
  • Record of Decision (ROD) on US 93, Somers to West of Whitefish approved in November.
  • Alternative B (West Kalispell Bypass) is included in ROD as the preferred alternative.

1995

  • MDT identifies six of the projects covered in the FEIS to begin design work.

1996

  • MDT begins design on the six projects including preliminary design for corridor preservation on the Kalispell Bypass. Several revisions to the Bypass alignment shown in the FEIS are proposed based on community input.
  • US 93 (Montana 40 – South & Grandview North) projects awarded for construction in April.

1997

  • MDT and FHWA approve right-of-way plans for the Kalispell Bypass based upon the Corridor Preservation plans. Plans are placed on file at the Flathead County Courthouse in February and right-of-way acquisition begins Designation of Access Highway Resolution.
  • US 93 (Montana 40 - North) project awarded for construction in June.

1999

  • US 93 (Somers - Ashley Creek - South) project awarded for construction in June.

2000

  • US 93 (Somers - Ashley Creek - North) project awarded for construction in May.

2003

  • MDT begins design of the US 93, Whitefish Urban area.

2004

  • US 93 (Ashley Creek – Kalispell) project awarded for construction in February.
  • In June, MDT begins re-evaluation of the Kalispell Bypass portion of the 1994 FEIS and begins preliminary design for the Bypass.
  • Kalispell Bypass kickoff meeting in June to familiarize community with project.
  • Kalispell Bypass public scoping meeting in August to identify potential issues.
  • Montana Transportation Commission approves Limited Access Resolution for Bypass in August. Designation of Access Highway Resolution.

2006

  • REIS for Kalispell Bypass was signed in July 2006. Environmental impacts were disclosed at the August 2005 public meeting and there have been no new significant environmental issues raised. The NEPA re-evaluation process is completed with signature of the re-evaluation of the Environmental Document.
  • Public meetings were held in May & July 2006 to discuss the project phasing. MDT selected the first segment for construction in September 2006, based upon community and agency comments and recommendations (MDT Press Release).

2007

  • The Reserve Loop project constructed 1.2 miles of new four-lane roadway at the Bypass' north end in 2007. The project included the area's first modern roundabout at Stillwater Road.
  • Right-of-way moves to active acquisition

2008

  • Project design is changed; to allow staged construction through "interim" projects. Interim projects will build a two-lane road with at-grade access (roundabouts at Airport Road and Foys Lake Road) to match initial project segments to available funding.
  • Neighborhood meetings held for noise mitigation discussions.
  • "Reserve Loop and South Segment set as first construction efforts" The Kalispell City Council, Flathead County Commission and MDT recommended Bypass construction begin with the Reserve Loop and the south segment (US 2 South) (MDT Press Release).

2009

  • Project design is completed for the bypass section south of US 2. This portion of the Bypass is split into multiple construction segments.
  • ROW acquisition continues.

2010

  • US 2 South interim construction was completed in fall 2010. The interim two-lane Bypass between US 93 (south of Four Corners) to US 2, near Appleway Drive, built two-lanes of the future four-lane road. At-grade access at the future Siderius Commons, Airport and Foys Lake Roads is provided through roundabouts. Traffic signals were installed on US 93 and US 2. A new bikepath was built along the length of the Bypass and connects south to the US 93 bikepath leading to Somers.
  • Final design of Hutton Ranch Road Extension Project is completed.

2011

  • MDT continued final right-of-way acquisition and design of the north segment.

2012

  • Hutton Ranch Road Extension was completed in fall 2012, providing a two-lane roadway with a roundabout into the College lands. Two new signals were installed on West Reserve Drive and on Hutton Ranch Road.
  • Final design of the Reserve Loop to US 93 segment is completed.

2013

  • Reserve Loop to US 93 segment was completed in Fall 2013 with 4-lane roads and separated bike path along the Bypass and Old Reserve Drive.
  • ROW acquisition continues.
  • Final design of the Three Mile Drive segment is completed for 2014 construction.
  • City of Kalispell identifies future urban funding to connect Four Mile Drive west of Kidsports to Stillwater Road.

2014

  • Three Mile Drive reconstruction was completed in Fall 2014 with a new bridge over the bypass.
  • Design was completed for the bypass between US 2 and Reserve Loop (renamed Old Reserve Drive). Design was completed for the Four Mile Drive connection.
  • ROW Acquisition continues.

2015

  • ROW acquisition is completed.
  • Remainder of bypass (US 2 to Reserve Loop) was bid and awarded for construction to begin in the fall of 2015.