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Ronan - Urban

An open house for the public is planned for the Ronan-North project however, it has been placed on hold due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Please look for future updates.

Project Overview

Ronan Urban project

The project is located on National Highway Route 5/US Highway 93 on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Lake County and runs through the City of Ronan. The project begins south of Ronan at the intersection of US 93 and Brooke Lane (RP 44.6) and extends north approximately 4 miles through Ronan to Spring Creek Road (RP 48.3).

The proposed project has been nominated to reconstruct approximately 4 miles of NH-5/US 93 to improve the geometrics, increase the level of service, and provide safety improvements. The project will be designed in accordance with the preferred alternative Urban #4 identified in the SEIS/ROD for US Highway 93 Ninepipe/Ronan Improvement Project and the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for US 93 Evaro to Polson.

The project has been split into two segments for design and construction, Ronan-North and US 93-Ronan (Urban). The goal of both projects is to improve the geometrics, increase the level of service, and provide safety improvements.

Ronan-North

The Ronan-North Project begins at the intersection of US 93 and Round Butte Road and extends north to connect to the existing 4 lane section north of Spring Creek Road/Baptiste Road. This project will widen US 93 to carry 4 or 5 lanes, on its current location. Additionally, the Ronan-North project will install a traffic signal at Old US 93/3rd Avenue, close Spring Creek Road at US 93, connect the shared-use trail along US 93 and build a pedestrian tunnel to cross under US 93, north of Baptiste Road. The design is approximately 95% complete. The project requires right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation. Construction could occur in 2021, based upon right-of-way acquisition and environmental clearances.

Ronan-Urban

The Ronan-Urban Project would begin at Brooke Lane and widen the existing road to 3 or 4 lanes, with a center turn lane. In the town of Ronan, US 93 will be changed to a one-way couplet with northbound travel continuing on the existing US 93 and southbound travel moving to 1st Avenue SW which will be reconstructed. Traffic signals will be installed at Eisenhower and Buchanan Streets and at Round Butte Road for both directions of travel. Sidewalk connections will be maintained through town and will connect to pathways to the south and north of the project. The design is approximately 30% complete. Construction is not yet scheduled for this segment which will require right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation along US 93 and on 1st Avenue SW in the town of Ronan.