Montana Department of Transportation

Bench Boulevard Project

Active Project - Bench Boulevard Project

Bench Boulevard - Hilltop to Pemberton

Construction Status

For the week of May 2, crews will be working from approximately 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Knife River recommends planning for brief delays, side street closures, short-term driveway impacts, and detours for local residents.

Knife River will be prepping subgrade for gravel placement as well as new curb and sidewalks from Barrett to Pemberton. This stretch should be paved by early May. Pemberton Lane is still closed at Bench, and Heights Vet Clinic as well as private residences can be accessed from the South end of the Pemberton/Barrett closure.

As crews work from Hilltop headed north toward Heights Lane, please be aware of lower speed limits and equipment near the edge of the road. The work will be on the shoulder and will create increased activity in the area.

Centurylink and Rocky Mountain Contractors will continue finishing up the relocation of phone lines and the removal of the old phone poles over the next few weeks. This work will be throughout the Bench Boulevard project from Pemberton to Hilltop.

Knife River is committed to limiting delays and detours whenever possible. We appreciate the partnership of the Heights community in adhering to all signage and flaggers while we work to create a safer roadway and neighborhood. Please be aware that fines do double in work zones.

While crews work between Barrett and Pemberton, residents of the following streets can anticipate moderate detours:

  • Access to the interconnected streets, Kale Drive, Betsy Drive and Mossman Drive from Bench will vary as work continues. Between the three streets, one to two will be open at all times. This detour is expected to last for a few more weeks. Delays at this access point will be a maximum of 15 minutes and crew will work to minimize delays during the morning rush hour.
  • Caroline Street will be closed at Bench Boulevard – residents are advised to use Hawthorne Lane.

Suggested Routes for those wishing to avoid traffic congestion

  • Bitterroot Drive
  • Hawthorne Lane
  • Wicks Lane
  • Hilltop Road
  • Main Street

To sign up for weekly email notifications, please . Weekly updates will also be printed in the Billings Gazette and announced Mondays on the following radio stations:

  • 102.9 FM Cat Country
  • 97.1 FM PopCrush
  • 103.7 FM The Hawk
  • 530 AM (Project frequency provided by MDT)

For questions or concerns about the Bench Boulevard Project, please call 406-281-2098 during business hours.

Thanks to Bench Area residents for your ongoing patience!