MDT anticipates construction would start in the spring of 2023 contingent on the ability to acquire right-of-way and the anticipated available federal funding.
This project will install a roundabout in Billings at the intersection of Rimrock Road and 62nd Street West. Installing a roundabout also means there will be some other changes such new curbs, medians, and striping (the painted lines that help direct traffic). You can also expect to see new LED lights and different culverts along the side of the road.
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This project will be developed in two phases:
- "Other" (OT) Phase (Phase I) - accurately assess the need, feasibility, and fundability for conceptual intersection improvements with the implementation of a roundabout. If feasible, move to Phase II.
- "Design and R/W" Phase (Phase II) - complete detailed design and secure necessary right-of-way so that the project can ultimately be constructed.
- 12-ft. lanes, 4-ft paved shoulders on non-curbed sections
- 12-ft. lanes, 2-ft shoulders on curbed sections
- Variable width raised-median
- 8-ft. sidewalks (with 7-ft. boulevards) around roundabout only to connect ramps
- LED lighting
Purpose of the project
Roundabouts are to improve safety at intersections like this one. By design, roundabouts:
- provide good visibility to all drivers and pedestrians;
- slow traffic down to safer speeds;
- decrease the number of vehicle and pedestrian conflicts compared to other intersections; and
- significantly decrease the chance of serious crashes.
Other options like traffic signals, stop signs, or flashing lights all come with risks the roundabout helps us eliminate.
Why a Roundabout?
- Control Survey
- Topographic Survey
- Cadastral Survey
- Utility Designations
- Utility Coordination
- Cultural/Biological/Noise Analysis
- Geotechnical Investigation
- Irrigation Research and Design
- Traffic Study
- Hydraulic Analysis and Design
- Ownership Study
- Preliminary Roundabout Layout
- Preliminary Plan Review – 30% Design
- 1st Public Open House
- Project Feasibility Report
- Environmental Documents
- Determining Right of Way Needs
- Plans, Specifications, and Cost Estimate - 80% Design
- Agency, Stakeholder, Landowner, & Community Outreach
- Scope of Work Report
- Identifying Impacts of Utilities
- Finalized Right of Way Design and Plans
- 2nd Public Open House
- Utility Potholes
- Final Hydraulics Analysis and Reporting
- Final Street, Drainage, Geotechnical, Lighting, Signing/Striping Design
- Final Cost Estimating
- Final Traffic Control and Construction Planning
- Final Project Specifications
- Environmental Permits
- Final Plans Revisions
- Land Appraisals
- Right of Way Negotiations
- Utility Negotiations
- Continued Agency Coordination
- Right of Way Acquisition
- Continued Public Involvement
- Future Public Involvement
- Utility Agreements
- Utility Relocation
- Final Plans Complete for Bid