Montana Department of Transportation

MDT Meetings and Events

East Helena - Passing Lane Project On U.S. 287/U.S. 12

June 28, 2017


Lori Ryan, Public
Information Officer, (406) 444-6821,

Montana Department
of Transportation Proposes Passing Lane Project on U.S. Highway
287/U.S. Highway 12 East of East Helena

EAST HELENA  The Montana
Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to notify the public
and seek comments on a proposal to provide passing lanes and turning
opportunities for about 2.8 miles of U.S. Highway 287/U.S. Highway
12, east of East Helena in Lewis and Clark and Jefferson counties.
The project begins east of Diehl Ranch Drive 0.1 mile west of
reference post 53.0 and extends east for 2.8 miles, ending at the
intersection of Spokane Creek Road at reference post 55.9.

work includes grade, gravel, plant mix surfacing, upgrading culverts
and finishing with a seal and cover (chip seal), upgraded pavement
marking, and signage. The project will include 2 miles of passing
lanes with turning lanes as needed and minor improvement to the
Spokane Creek Road intersection. The purpose of the project is to
increase the operational efficiency and safety of the highway by
adding turning and passing opportunities.

Construction is
tentatively planned for 2022 depending on completion of design and
availability of funds. New right-of-way and relocation of utilities
will be required. MDT staff will contact all potentially affected
landowners prior to performing survey work on their land. Staff will
again contact landowners prior to construction regarding property
acquisition and temporary construction permits.

For more
information, please contact Great Falls District Preconstruction
Engineer Steve Prinzing at (406) 454-5880 or District Projects
Engineer Christie McOmber at (406) 444 5900. Members of the public
may submit written comments to the Montana Department of
Transportation Great Falls office at P.O. Box 1359, Great Falls, MT
59403-1359, or online at:

Please note that your comments are for project UPN 8684000.
Alternative accessible formats of this information will be provided
upon request by contacting the Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box
201001, Helena, MT 59620; (406) 444-9229; fax (406) 444-7243, or
e-mail to Those using a TTY may call (800) 335-7592
or through the Montana Relay Service at 711.