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Safety Improvements Underway On Highway Between Sidney And F



Sidney, Mont.-	Construction is underway on a major highway project
aimed at reducing crashes and improving traffic flow along Highway
200 between Sidney and Fairview. 

Contractors started work on nearby
irrigation facilities last week and shoulder work is expected to
begin May 21.

Shane Mintz, Glendive District administrator says the
improvements are needed to address high crash potential areas, as
well as to accommodate the growing volume of traffic that the region
has experienced. 
“The Sidney to Fairview Corridor is one of the
busiest stretches of highway in Eastern Montana,” he said. “Between
people commuting for work, and industrial and agricultural related
traffic the area has experienced traffic counts that exceed those of
the interstate.”

Montana Highway Patrol Records show 353 crashes
along the corridor in a five-year period. Of those crashes, 24
percent resulted in serious injuries, and three fatalities occurred.

The bulk of the improvements are focused on driver safety. Several
intersections will be realigned in an effort to improve
line-of-sight. In other locations center-left turn lanes will be
installed along key county roads in an effort to remove turning
vehicles from traffic and reduce delays. The project also includes
two miles of new north/south passing lanes between County Road 127
and County Road 130, as well as a complete resurfacing of the entire
roadway. 

Motorists should expect limited lane closures and reduced
speeds in work zones with flagger stations to direct traffic.
Travelers are encouraged to allow additional travel time to
accommodate delays of up to 15 minutes and are reminded to watch for
work crews, equipment, and to travel at posted speeds. Travelers can
find timely detour and delay information at:
http://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/construction.shtml.

Work this spring
will focus on relocating irrigation facilities and road widening to
accommodate the center-left turn lanes, as well as the two miles of
passing lane. Surface improvements along the entire corridor are
scheduled to begin in the Fall. The estimated costs for the project
is $11.5 million. Weather permitting the project will be
substantially complete in October 2018 and fully complete in Spring
2019.

More information about Montana highway safety programs can be
found at: http://www.mdt.mt.gov/visionzero/plans/.

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