Montana Department of Transportation

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Open House To Discuss Sidewalk And Shared-Use Path, Columbus

COLUMBUS, MONTANA (December 19, 2019) - The Montana Department of
Transportation (MDT) welcomes the community to attend an open house
for the sidewalk and shared-use path project proposed in Columbus.
The open house will be held Tuesday, January 14th from 6:00 to 8:00
p.m. at the Columbus City Hall, Council Meeting Room, 2nd Floor (408
East 1st Avenue North).  

The open house is designed to be an
informal event for residents to meet the MDT project team managing
this project. As such, no structured program will be presented.
Information regarding alternative design concepts for the project and
more will be available.

Proposed work includes construction of
ADA-compliant sidewalks and a shared-use path.	The purpose of the
project is to provide a city-wide connection to trail systems and
parks located north, south, and west of Columbus. The project will
consist of three segments:  

1.	Granite Peak Park on the west
side of Montana Highway 78 (MT-78), at reference post 47.6 and
extends south along the west side of MT-78 for approximately a half
mile to East Pike Avenue at reference post 47.0.  The sidewalk then
follows Pike Avenue on the north side for approximately 700 feet to
the intersection with Diamond Street at reference post 46.9.

West side of MT-78 at the intersection with East 1st Avenue South at
reference post 46.4 and follows MT-78 south for approximately 0.2
mile to end on the east side of the highway at Itch-Kep-Pe Park at
reference post 46.2. A crossing of MT-78 will be provided in this

3.	The north side of Secondary Highway 306 (East Pike
Avenue) and runs approximately 950 feet between Quarry Street at
reference post 0.4 to existing sidewalk mid-block on East Pike Avenue
between 2nd Street and North 3rd Street at reference post 0.2.

Completion of segments 1 and 2 in their entirety, are dependent on
funding.  Public input will be considered when prioritizing both
sidewalk and shared-use path to be completed within segments 1 and 2.

The project is being funded with Federal Highway Administration
Transportation Alternative funds and City of Columbus matching funds.
  Construction is tentatively planned for 2021 depending on
completion of design phases and availability of funds.	

important part of properly planning for future projects is partnering
with the community. The Montana Department of Transportation welcomes
the public to provide ideas and comments on the proposed project.
Comments may be submitted online at or in writing to Montana
Department of Transportation, Billings office at PO Box 20437,
Billings, MT  59104-0437. Please note that comments are for project
UPN 9449000. Please submit comments by January 31, 2020.

accessible formats of this document will be provided on request.
Persons who need an alternative format should contact the Human
Resources and Occupational Safety Division, Department of
Transportation, 2701 Prospect Avenue, PO Box 201001, Helena, MT
59620. Telephone 406-444-9229. Those using a TTY may call
1(800)335-7592 or through the Montana Relay Service at 711.


Project name:  HWY 78 PATH & WALKS -

Project ID:  TA 48 (54)

Control Number:  9449000