Fairview – West (Phase II)
Alternative Alignment Study
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The Fairview West project is a locally driven effort to reduce crashes by improving a segment of Highway 201 (MT-201) west of the town of Fairview. The project will reconstruct 6 miles of roadway, including 2 miles of new alignment north of Fairview Airport, in an effort to improve safety while alleviating the impacts of commercial truck traffic on the town of Fairview.
As part of the realignment, a new intersection will be constructed at the junction of MT-201 and MT-200 with input from local roadway users.
Upgrading Your Route
MT-201 was first identified for improvement in response to a large influx in traffic volumes, especially commercial truck traffic related to the Bakken, and the desire to improve safety by bringing the roadway up to current standards.
Over a 10-year period the segment slated for improvement experienced 91 reported crashes, including 1 fatality and 5 incapacitating injuries. Of the 91 reported crashes 21 or 23 percent involved a commercial vehicle off road right, rollover, and embankment crashes were among the main trends, indicating a high potential for crash reduction through reconstruction.
Planned roadway improvements include:
Complete reconstruction of roadway to meet current design standards, including road widening, horizontal and vertical improvements, and roadside slope improvements.
Installation of center-line and shoulder rumble strips, pavement markings, and improved signage to guide you to your destination safely.
New bridge spanning Second Hay Creek and the Lower Yellowstone Project Canal, as well as a new drainage structure at the Third Hay Creek crossing.
Reshaping Your Roads
The project will realign 2 miles of MT-201 north of Fairview Airport with the aim of improving roadway elements while reducing the impact of commercial truck traffic on the town of Fairview. MDT continues to communicate closely with affected land owners to develop the proposed re-alignment, taking into consideration design and cost elements, as well as local constraints.
As part of the re-alignment, a new intersection will be constructed at the junction of MT-201 and MT-200 near Interstate Avenue.
MDT is committed to delivering a safe and efficient intersection that meets the needs of the local community, which is why we are requesting feedback on a range of potential intersection alternatives.
The project is in the preliminary design phase and is expected to be ready for construction by 2022.