435 Ryman Street
Missoula, MT 59802
Erik Dickson, P.E.
Missoula County Department of Public Works
6089 Training Drive
Missoula, MT 59808
MDT Project Manager
2960 Prospect Avenue
PO Box 201001
MDT Missoula District
2100 West Broadway
Missoula, MT 59807-7039
Jeff Key, P.E.
RPA Project Manager
825 Custer Avenue
PO Box 5653
Helena, MT 59604
What is a Planning Study?
MDT developed the Planning Process in an effort to better coordinate and link the planning process with the NEPA/MEPA process. The Planning Study is developed strictly as a planning project and not a design or construction project. A Planning Study evaluates safety, environmental and geometric concerns of a transportation corridor and identifies needs and possible improvement options to address those needs. Cost, availability of funding, and phasing possibilities are taken into consideration.
What does a "pre-NEPA/MEPA Planning Study" mean?
NEPA is the National Environmental Policy Act. NEPA is a federal law that outlines policies and goals to be complied with to assist community officials in making decisions, taking into account the human and natural environment and the community's need for safe and efficient transportation. Modeled after NEPA, MEPA is the Montana Environmental Policy Act, and it only applies to state agencies and state actions. The NEPA/MEPA process also ensures that environmental information is available to the community before decisions are made and carried out.
The Maclay Bridge Planning Study is a pre-NEPA/MEPA study that includes a high level environmental scan of potential issues. The results of the study may be used to determine the level of environmental documentation to be used prior to initiation of the NEPA/MEPA process and project implementation activities. The Planning Process allows for early planning-level coordination with the public, resource and other agencies, and will develop specific factors that can be used in the subsequent environmental review process if projects are moved forward from the study. The planning study is designed to help facilitate a smooth and efficient transition from transportation planning to project development/environmental review.
For additional information, refer to MDT's corridor study process.
Who conducted this study?
MDT, in partnership with Missoula County, conducted this study. The Helena office of Robert Peccia & Associates (RPA) assisted these partners in completing the planning effort.
What steps were taken during the Corridor Study?
MDT established several steps that were followed to produce an effective planning study. These included:
What happens next?
The Study is developed strictly as a planning study and not a design or environmental review project. Future steps, if any, will be determined by Missoula County.