Kalispell Bypass: Foys Lake Road Interchange

Starting this spring, Flathead area drivers will again see crews at the Foys Lake Road/US 93 Alt intersection. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) has completed the majority of construction on the Kalispell Bypass, Foys Lake Road Interchange project. In 2021, crews replaced the original highway roundabout with a full interchange consisting of an overpass and ramps connected to two teardrop-shaped roundabouts. Now that the interchange is in use, LHC crews will return briefly to mill, pave, chip seal and complete final clean up. In addition, crews will be sealing the roadway on the bridge and roundabouts and completing Ashley Creek streambank work. These final details will ensure the intersection is fully functional and endures for many years to come.

In 2021, LHC in partnership with MDT removed the existing roundabout and replaced it with a full interchange. Crews first worked to complete the two teardrop-shaped roundabouts and moved to finish the overpass in the later months of 2021.

In April of 2022, crews will return to begin roadwork including final stripe painting and chip-sealing as well as utility work to complete the entire interchange. This final detail work will ensure the intersection is fully functional and endures for many years to come.

The roundabout that originally existed at the Foys Lake Road intersection was always intended to be removed. This was a part of a phased development plan to ensure that drivers could navigate the Bypass safely and efficiently with the funding available at that time. When additional funding was secured, MDT was able to move forward with this long term, interchange solution. MDT’s goal with this project is to increase traffic flow and safety for drivers throughout the area. This interchange will handle Kalispell traffic efficiently as it facilitates regional traffic over the overpass bridge and local traffic down via the two roundabouts below.

MDT will provide updates as final roadwork begins this spring. Driver should anticipate delays but only for a very limited window of time.

Please reach out if you have questions. For those who would like regular updates, please contact beccaXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484 during business hours.

Project Overview

Kalispell Bypass Project Area Map

Kalispell Bypass Project Area Map
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Kalispell Bypass – US 93/Basecamp Drive Study

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) in partnership with KLJ Engineering are moving forward with plans to study the Basecamp Drive and US Highway 93 intersection to determine the best possible configuration for future construction plans.

To provide a bit of background, KLJ Engineering studied the Basecamp Drive intersection in 2019 and presented potential intersection selection options to the public. These alternatives are located on the project webpage. While MDT is advancing on other intersections along this corridor, such as Foys Lake Road and Airport Road, the 2019 study identified a bottleneck traffic issue at the intersection of the Kalispell Bypass and US Highway 93. This has a ripple effect on the Basecamp Drive intersection configuration.

With this challenge in mind, MDT will proceed with an additional traffic analysis to study the Kalispell Bypass/US 93 intersection to determine the best solution for the Basecamp Drive intersection. The study will be conducted in the summer and fall of 2021 with results available towards the end of the calendar year. These results will then be used to determine suitable intersection configuration options in the coming year or two. The timeframe for construction will be determined once a design schedule and funding are determined.

Questions? Additional updates and resources are located at this link.

Stay in the Know
We know the Kalispell Bypass is important to you. That's why we want to make sure you have several ways to stay engaged with us throughout the course of this project. Please sign up for updates or give us a call at any time. We're listening and we care.

  • Email a question or request for updates to Becca.
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