Montana Department of Transportation

MDT Meetings and Events

Toston - Open House To Discuss Reconstruct Of U.S. Hwy 287



August 23, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE	

Lori Ryan, Public
Information Officer, (406) 444-6821, lryan@mt.gov

Montana Department
of Transportation Schedules Open House and Informational Meeting to
Discuss Reconstruction of a Portion of U.S. Highway 287 Near Toston

TOSTON — The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to
invite the public to an open house and informational meeting to
present the latest plans to reconstruct U.S. Highway 287 near Toston
from reference post 85.9 to reference post 89.3. 

The open house is
Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Broadwater County High School Community
Room (201 North Spruce Street) in Townsend and will begin at 5:30
p.m. with a presentation at 6:00 p.m.

The presentation will explain
the basis for the design, including how stakeholder input was
considered in conjunction with highway and bridge design standards to
select the highway alignment and various design features such as
local accessibility for vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The meeting
is the last in a series of four public meetings leading to MDT’s
design decisions. Procedures and expected schedules for final design
and construction will also be presented.

Project team members will
be available during the open house and after the presentation to
discuss the project.

The purpose of the project is to upgrade the
existing sub-standard horizontal and vertical alignments to meet
current standards, and to provide a roadway that accommodates future
traffic demands for the diverse nature of traffic on the corridor.
Proposed work includes reconstructing the highway to include two
travel lanes in each direction, a center turn lane, and widened
shoulders. New bridges over the Missouri River and the Montana Rail
Link railroad tracks will be constructed and the existing bridges
removed. Upgraded pavement markings, signage and guardrail will also
be included.

Construction is tentatively planned to begin in 2019
depending on completion of design and availability of funds. New
right-of-way and relocation of utilities will be required. MDT staff
will contact landowners prior to construction regarding property
acquisition and temporary construction permits.

MDT attempts to
provide accommodations for any known disability that may interfere
with a person’s participation in any department service, program or
activity. For reasonable accommodations to participate in this
meeting, please contact Jan Nesset at (406) 556-4707 at least two
days prior to the meeting. 

For more information, please contact
Butte District Administrator Jeff Ebert at (406) 494-9625 or Project
Design Engineer Fred Bente at (406) 444 7634. Members of the public
may submit written comments to the Montana Department of
Transportation Butte office at P.O. Box 3068, Butte, MT 59702-3068,
or online at:
 
www.mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml

Please
indicate comments are for project UPN 7668001 Toston Structures and
submit comments by October 9.

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 aflesch@mt.gov. Those using a TTY may
call (800) 335-7592 or through the Montana Relay Service at 711.