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Construction has wrapped up for the winter on North of DeSmet Interchange project. US 93 is now fully open to travel through the area.

Riverside Contracting crews will return for a short time in 2022 to complete the final touches on this project. This includes the chip seal, the final layer of asphalt that will seal the pavement from water, and the painting final roadway lines. Warm and dry conditions are needed for this work.

Thank you to all residents, businesses, and organizations for your support and understanding throughout this work. If you have any questions about this project, please email Takami at or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, operating Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Project Overview

North of DeSmet Interchange project map

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The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is beginning two new roadwork projects in northern Missoula, north of I 90 on US 93. Crews will start work on both projects on mid-June, weather permitting. Updates will be provided as construction nears.

DeSmet Interchange Pavement Preservation

One project is located at the junction of I 90 North (US 93), north of the DeSmet Interchange. The overall goal of this roadwork is to extend the life of the existing pavement.

From the I 90 DeSmet Interchange to Frenchtown Frontage Road on US 93, MDT will be completing a pavement preservation project. This will include resurfacing the roadway by chip sealing. In addition, new pavement markings and shoulder rumble strips will be added.

This portion of the project is part of MDT’s initiative to keep good roads good. MDT performs preventative maintenance around the state. Known as “pavement preservation,” this process works to ensure that good roads remain good and don’t fall into poor condition beyond simple repairs. Preventative maintenance prevents drivers from experiencing major road construction, causing more delays if the road were to be in complete disrepair.

US 93 Road Widening

The second portion of this project is located between Frenchtown Frontage Road to just past O’Keefe Creek Boulevard at the bottom of Evaro Hill. Here, crews will be widening the road to include a center-turn lane and left-turn lanes at key intersections.

The purpose of this roadwork is to widen the roadway on US 93. This will allow travelers to drive this route more efficiently and with added opportunities to make safe turns.

For more information, or if you have questions, please call the project hotline during business hours at 406-595-0940 or email

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