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US 2 Construction To Require Side Street Closures In Poplar

US 2 Construction to Require Side Street, Business Access Closures in

Closures Start August 12th

Poplar, Mont.- Poplar residents
may need to find an alternative route to work or their favorite
establishments this week following a Montana Department of
Transportation (MDT) decision to temporarily close side streets and
businesses approaches off US 2.

MDT Project Manager Luke Pederson
says the closures are necessary to accommodate construction of the
road base for the ongoing US 2 rehabilitation. 

“The material we’re
working with is a lot like wet cement on a sidewalk. It needs time to
cure and harden before cars can drive on it,” he said. “Opening up
the road to traffic too early could produce permanent ruts or dips in
the highway.”

Work is expected to between Poplar School and Court
Avenue and will progress east over the course of the week. Once the
road base material is placed across a side street or business
approach that access will remain closed for approximately 24 hours.
Crews plan to alternative between work on the north and south side of
the highway to minimize the length of time individual streets and
approaches are shut down. 

Motorists are encouraged to use Court
Ave. S as the primary US 2 access during side street closures.
Meanwhile, access to US 2 businesses will remain available through G
Street to the north of the highway and E Street to the south. 

understand this operation will disrupt day-to-day activities in
Poplar and we’re committed to doing everything we can to keep
community members informed,” Pederson added. “I highly encourage
everyone in the area to sign-up for our regular text-alerts by
messaging “PoplarMT” to 555-888.”

Travelers on US 2 should
anticipate single-lane closures and delays of up to 15 minutes.
Planning extra travel time is highly recommended, as is finding
alternative routes where feasible. Remember to slow down in work
zones and watch carefully for nearby workers and equipment. 

The US
2 Poplar project will completely rehabilitate and resurface Highway 2
through the heart of Poplar, while addressing long-standing safety
concerns for both pedestrians and motorists along the highway. 

Members of the public with questions regarding upcoming street and
access closures are encouraged to contact Chris Puyear at