The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Riverside Contracting, Inc. are improving a section of US Highway 93 (US 93) and an adjacent section of the Bitterroot Trail, a shared use bike/pedestrian path, in Ravalli County. The project begins a half mile north of the Bear Creek Road intersection and extends approximately 2 miles north, ending south of Victor.
The project will rehabilitate the existing roadway and shared use path to enhance safety, provide a smoother surface, and reduce maintenance costs.
Project improvements include:
- Bridge deck crack seal.
- Road resurfacing including crack seal, chip seal, fog seal, and striping.
- New pavement markers.
- Shared-use bike/pedestrian path crack seal and fog seal.
During construction, the chip sealing process will be two stages: the first pass will chip seal the wheel ruts, and a second pass will chip seal the full roadway.
Construction is expected to start late April 2023 with sealing cracks on the bridge deck, resuming with roadway and shared-use path resurfacing during the summer. The roadway resurfacing is expected to last one week with final striping to follow. During the roadway construction, single north and southbound lanes are anticipated to remain open. Brief traffic delays should be expected.
Work on the shared use path will also take place during the summer. The shared use path will be closed during construction, and while the seal is curing.
Due to the highway’s location in the well-traveled Bitterroot Valley corridor, MDT is committed to working closely with the public and stakeholders throughout the construction processes.
Please drive safely through the work zone – workers are regularly working alongside the roadway and shoulder. Traffic barriers are placed for the safety of drivers and workers. As you travel through the active work zone, please slow down, pay attention to the road and other drivers, follow the posted speed limit, and be on the lookout for construction workers. The Highway Patrol is actively patrolling the corridor.