Montana Department of Transportation

MDT Meetings and Events

Whitefish - Road Widening Project Proposed For MT-40

February 7, 2019


Lori Ryan, Public
Information Officer, (406) 444-6821,

Montana Department
of Transportation Proposes Project to Widen Montana Highway 40 Near

WHITEFISH — The Montana Department of Transportation
(MDT) would like to notify the public and seek comments on a proposal
to widen a segment of Montana Highway 40 (MT-40) in Flathead County. 

The project begins at the intersection of MT-40 and U.S. Highway 93
(US-93) south of Whitefish and extends easterly 2.6 miles to Dillon

Proposed work includes widening the road to add a two-way
left-turn lane, applying a new overlay, and finishing with a seal and
cover (chip seal), upgraded pavement marking, signage and guardrail.
The purpose of the project is to promote safer traffic flow and
preserve the distressed pavement. 

Construction is tentatively
planned for 2022, depending on completion of design and availability
of funds. New right-of-way and relocation of utilities may be
required. MDT staff will contact all potentially affected landowners
prior to performing survey work on their land. Staff will again
contact landowners prior to construction regarding property
acquisition and temporary construction permits.

There is also a
study currently considering the potential impacts an expansion to
five lanes would have to traffic congestion, safety, intersection
operations, access, adjacent properties, and environmental concerns
for the entire MT-40 corridor from the US-93 junction to the U.S.
Highway 2 junction near Columbia Falls.

For more information, please
contact Missoula District Administrator Ed Toavs at (406) 523-5802 or
Project Design Engineer William Squires at (406) 444 6228. Members of
the public may submit written comments to the Montana Department of
Transportation Missoula office at P.O. Box 7039, Missoula, MT
59807-7039, or online at:

note that your comments are for project UPN 9187001. Alternative
accessible formats of this information will be provided upon request
by contacting Alice Flesch, Human Resources and Occupational Safety
Division, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, MT 59620; (406) 444-9229; TTY
(800) 335-7592; fax (406) 444-7243, or e-mail to