The Montana Department of Transportation began construction to update sidewalk corners throughout the City of Missoula on Monday, April 2. Improvements to sidewalk corners will allow all sidewalk users to get on and off the sidewalks with more ease. Updates will include new curb ramps and wider sidewalk openings at intersections. Additionally, a textured ground surface intended to alert users with vision impairment that they are approaching a roadway will be installed. These improvements will bring sidewalk access into compliance with the revised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards and allow greater accessibility for all sidewalk users. Areas impacted by the first phase of work will be along Fifth and Sixth Streets in Missoula’s University District.
The ultimate goal of the project is to provide equal access to employment, health care, education and other services that are commonly accessible via city streets. Additionally, foot commuters, users with limited mobility and users with strollers, walkers and other wheeled devices will be able to use the sidewalk approaches with more ease. All users will enjoy more walkable sidewalks once the upgrades have been made.
The Montana Department of Transportation is committed to providing safe and equitable access to public facilities, including sidewalk approaches. The Montana Department of Transportation formalized this statewide commitment with the American with Disabilities Act Transition Plan initiated in July 2016. With this project nearly 90 intersections in Missoula will undergo construction to help meet the objectives identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan, increasing access for Missoulians of all abilities.
Updates to curb ramps on Fifth and Sixth Streets are fully funded by a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program. Landowners adjacent to these project locations are not liable for any direct costs associated with the improvements.
During the construction, travelers on Fifth and Sixth Streets between Ronald and Helen Avenues may experience delays and traffic congestion. Vehicle traffic may be narrowed to one lane in some sections. During active work, to ensure the resident cars are not damaged, parking will not be permitted within 50 feet of street corners; motorists are encouraged to park midblock to avoid being towed.
Work will be performed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday during each week. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are encouraged to be mindful of other users, and should obey all posted work zone signage. Pedestrians are encouraged to use alternative routes during construction, such as neighboring streets. Work on Fifth and Sixth Streets will last 6 weeks, weather permitting.
Starting April 2, work will be performed on sidewalk corners on intersections along Fifth Street starting at Helen Avenue. After all intersections from Helen to Ronald have been updated, the work zone will move to Sixth Avenue and follow the same pattern of updates from Helen to Ronald Avenues. Crews will be excavating street corners and restructuring sidewalk corners to create improved sidewalk approaches.
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The public is encouraged to call 406-207-4484 with any questions regarding the project.