Montana Department of Transportation

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Rouse Avenue – Main to Oak

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Weekly Updates

November 25 - December 1, 2019

  • Fall construction on the Rouse Ave – Main to Oak project is nearing the end.
  • On Peach Street, crews finished installing the box culvert and paving the road for the winter. Unfortunately, Peach Street will still be closed to through traffic with an anticipated opening date of Thanksgiving, November 28. Though box culvert work has finished, Northwestern Energy will be in the area to work on the gas main.
  • Travel on Rouse Avenue next week will be open. However, work could continue on Rouse Avenue in a limited capacity in December. If there is good weather, workers will perform adjustments to the water main from Peach Street to Lamme Street. More information will be provided in early December on the status of this work.
  • The only work occurring on the project next week is the gas main adjustments. Work hours for the week of November 25 are Monday through Wednesday, 7:00AM-7:00PM.
  • Please call the project hotline 406-207-4484 with questions. Text updates are also available. To register, text “ROUSE” to 41411.

Previous Updates

November 18-24, 2019

  • Construction is continuing next week on the Rouse Ave – Main to Oak project.
  • For Peach Street, box culvert work is finishing up and the road is expected to be paved next week. Unfortunately, this means that Peach Street will not be open on November 16 as anticipated. Peach Street is expected to be fully open by Friday, November 22.
  • Work is continuing on Rouse Avenue as well. Exploratory excavation work and tree trimming has finished. Workers are now focusing on making adjustments to the water main and are working from Peach Street to Lamme Street. While water main adjustments are happening, travel will be limited to one-lane and a flagger will be present to guide traffic through the area. Rouse Avenue will have normal two-way flow during non-construction hours (after 7PM and before 7AM and on Sundays).
  • Crews are expected to be off the road and finished with fall construction by late November.
  • Work hours for the week of November 18 are Monday through Saturday, 7:00AM-7:00PM.
  • Please call the project hotline 406-207-4484 with questions. Text updates are also available. To register, text “ROUSE” to 41411.

November 11-17, 2019

  • Construction crews are nearing the end of fall work for the Rouse Ave – Main to Oak project.
  • Peach Street will be closed to through traffic until Friday, November 15, from Rouse Avenue to Church Avenue. On November 16, traffic on Peach Street will return to normal flows. Workers are finishing the box culvert work, filling in the areas around the culvert and paving the road for the winter.
  • Work will continue on Rouse Avenue after the Peach Street work finishes. Workers are finishing up with exploratory excavation, performing tree trimming/removal, and will soon begin making adjustments to the water main. Work will occur on Rouse Avenue from Oak Street to Lamme Street. While exploratory excavation is happening, travel will be limited to one-lane and a flagger will be present to guide traffic through the area. Rouse Avenue will have normal two-way flow during non-construction hours (after 7PM and before 7AM and on weekends).
  • Crews are expected to be off the road and finished with fall construction by late November.
  • Work hours for the week of November 11 are Monday through Friday, 7:00AM-7:00PM.
  • Please call the project hotline 406-207-4484 with questions. Text updates are also available. To register, text “ROUSE” to 41411.

November 4-10, 2019

  • Construction on the Rouse Ave – Main to Oak project is continuing on Peach Street. Crews will work Monday through Saturday, 7:30AM-7PM. Peach Street will be closed to through traffic all week, from Rouse Avenue to Church Avenue.
  • Contractors will be focused on finishing the Peach Street box culvert installation. This involves filling in the areas around the culvert and ensuring the road is ready for vehicular travel. Unfortunately, due to multiple factors, including weather and a condensed timeline, crews do not have the time needed to install the Rouse Avenue box culvert this season. The Rouse Avenue box culvert is expected to be installed in the late summer of 2020.
  • As a result, crews do not anticipate closing Rouse Avenue for the box culvert this fall. However, closures may still occur to finish underground utility work. We will communicate any expected closures ahead of time via the weekly updates.
  • On Rouse Avenue, workers are continuing to perform exploratory excavation, digging underneath the road to verify utility lines. Work will occur on Rouse Avenue from Oak Street to Lamme Street. While exploratory excavation is happening, travel will be limited to one-lane and a flagger will be present to guide traffic through the area. Rouse Avenue will have normal two-way flow during non-construction hours (after 7PM and before 7AM and on Sundays).
  • Please call the project hotline 406-207-4484 with questions. Text updates are also available. To register, text “ROUSE” to 41411.

October 28 - November 3, 2019

  • Construction on the Rouse Ave – Main to Oak project will continue on Peach Street. Crews will work Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Peach Street will continue to be closed, however, local traffic still has access to properties and businesses on Rouse Avenue.
  • Exploratory excavation is continuing on the project as well. Workers are digging along the side of the roadway on Rouse Avenue from Main Street to Lamme Street. While exploratory excavation is happening, travel will be limited to one-lane and a flagger will be present to guide traffic through the area.
  • Please call the project hotline 406-207-4484 with questions. Text updates are also available. To register, text “ROUSE” to 41411.

October 21-27, 2019

  • Construction on the Rouse Ave – Main to Oak project is continuing on Peach Street. Crews will work Monday through Saturday, 7AM-7PM. Peach Street will be closed to through traffic all week, from Rouse Avenue to Church Avenue. Local traffic continues to have access to properties and businesses within the project area.
  • The construction crew will prep and install the new box culvert next week. This involves laying rock and sand around the creek bed to install the box culvert and placing the culvert over the creek. Northwestern Energy will also be in the area installing a gas main.
  • On Rouse Avenue, workers are continuing with exploratory excavation, digging along the side of the roadway. Work will occur on Rouse Avenue from Oak Street to Lamme Street. While exploratory excavation is happening, travel will be limited to one-lane and a flagger will be present to guide traffic through the area. Rouse Avenue will have normal travel two-way flow during non-construction hours (after 7PM and before 7AM and on Sundays).
  • Please call the project hotline 406-207-4484 with questions. Text updates are also available. To register, text “ROUSE” to 41411.

October 14-20, 2019

  • Construction on the Rouse Ave – Main to Oak project continues next week on Peach Street. Crews will work Monday through Saturday, 7AM-7PM, until box culvert work has been completed.
  • Peach Street will remain closed to through traffic all week (including evening and weekend hours), from Rouse Avenue to Church Avenue. Crews are removing the existing structure around the creek and prepping the area for the new box culvert. This includes putting down rip rap (large rocks) along the creek to help guide the water and to help with erosion. Northwestern Energy will also be in the Peach Street project area installing a gas main.
  • On Rouse Avenue, workers are performing exploratory excavation, digging along the side of the roadway to verify underground sewer and gas lines. Work will occur on Rouse Avenue from Oak Street to Lamme Street. While exploratory excavation is happening, travel will be limited to one-lane and a flagger will be present to guide traffic through the area. Drivers can expect delays of up to 15 minutes. Rouse Avenue will have normal two-way flow during non-construction hours (after 7PM and before 7AM and on Sundays).
  • The Montana Department of Transportation advises drivers to reduce speeds in the construction area and follow all signage and flagger instructions. Please note that businesses on Peach Street are still open during this time.
  • The designated detour is Oak Street to Seventh Avenue to Main. The traffic control plan is located here.
  • Please feel free to let us know if you have questions by calling our project hotline at 406-207-4484 or by contacting Takami .

October 7-13, 2019

  • This is a reminder that fall construction for the Rouse Ave – Main to Oak project will begin Monday, October 7. Thank you for your patience.
  • Crews will first work on the Peach Street box culvert (the structure that allows Bozeman Creek to flow underneath the roadway). Peach Street, from Rouse Avenue to Church Avenue, will be closed. Crews will then close Rouse Avenue from Peach Street to Lamme Street to work on the Rouse Avenue box culvert and to install a new storm drain.
  • The designated detour route when traveling northbound on Rouse Avenue is Oak Street to Seventh Avenue to Main Street. When traveling southbound on Rouse Avenue, through traffic should take the reverse route, from Main Street to Seventh Avenue to Oak Street.
  • Crews will also be trimming trees, performing water main adjustments, and digging to identify gas/sewer lines underground. Expect to see workers in other areas on Rouse Avenue performing this work.
  • Text updates for this project are also available. To register text “ROUSE” to 41411.
  • Please feel free to let us know if you have questions by calling our project hotline at (406) 207-4484 or by emailing us.

September 30 - October 6, 2019

  • The Rouse Ave – Main to Oak project will now be starting Monday, October 7. The start of fall construction has been postponed by one week to allow for utility work to conclude and for additional permitting. Work will not be starting on Monday, September 30, as previously announced.
  • Thank you for staying patient during this delay. Crews continue to anticipate that culvert construction will be completed in November, though some work may be carried over into spring construction. Expect to see the same closures on Rouse Avenue and Peach Street starting October 7, 2019.
  • As a reminder, construction crews will be installing two box culverts, which are tunnel-like structures that allow water to flow freely underneath the roadway. This work will be performed near the intersection of Peach Street and Rouse Avenue, where Bozeman Creek flows underneath the road. As a result, Rouse Avenue will be closed from Peach Street to Lamme Street, and Peach Street will be closed from Rouse Avenue to Church Avenue.
  • A detour will be in place for through traffic. Drivers will be re-routed from Oak Street to Seventh Avenue to Main Street.
  • Additional work will include tree trimming, storm drain installation, water main adjustments, and exploratory excavation. Drivers can expect delays of up to 15 minutes to reroute through the downtown Bozeman area.
  • Text updates for this project are also available. To register text “ROUSE” to 41411.
  • Please feel free to let us know if you have questions by calling our project hotline at (406) 207-4484 or by emailing us.