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Columbia Falls - Shared-Use Path Proposed Along U.S. Hwy 2



January 23, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE	

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

Montana Department
of Transportation Proposes Shared-Use Path Construction along U.S.
Highway 2 East of Columbia Falls

COLUMBIA FALLS  The Montana
Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to notify the public
and seek comments on a proposal to construct a new shared-use path
along U.S. Highway 2 (U.S. 2), east of Columbia Falls and through
Columbia Heights in Flathead County.

The project begins at the
eastern end of the bridge over the Flathead River located east of
Columbia Falls at reference post 137.4 and extends northeasterly for
5.6 miles, ending near the House of Mystery at reference post 140.3.

Proposed work includes constructing an asphalt shared-use path that
will connect to the bridge sidewalk on the south side of U.S. 2 and
continue to the intersection of U.S. 2 and Secondary Highway 206. The
proposed path will then cross to the north side of U.S. 2 where the
existing 5-foot wide concrete sidewalk will be widened to 10 feet.
The concrete shared-use path will continue to reference post 138.5
where it will transition back to asphalt. The asphalt path will
continue to just past the House of Mystery at the driveway approach
to Glacier ZipLines at reference post 140.3. New guardrail and
Americans With Disabilities Act ramps are also proposed. 

The
purpose of the project is to provide safe travel for non-motorized
users and eventually connect Columbia Falls to West Glacier through
future path projects that are planned or currently under
construction.

The public can expect sidewalk closures in the project
area during working hours. More information regarding closures will
be made available prior to the beginning of construction.

A
construction timeframe has not yet been established. It will depend
on completion of design and availability of funds. Minimal
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 Missoula
District Administrator Ed Toavs at (406) 523-5802 or Preconstruction
Engineer Shane Stack at (406) 523-5830. Members of the public may
submit written comments to the Montana Department of Transportation
Missoula office at P.O. Box 7039, Missoula, MT	59807-7039, or online
at:
 
www.mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml

Please note that your
comments are for project UPN 9147000. 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.