Montana Department of Transportation

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Slide Repair Planned On East River Road - Hwy S-540

EMIGRANT/PRAY, MONTANA (November 25, 2019)  The Montana Department
of Transportation (MDT) would like to announce and invite the public
to comment on the proposal to conduct emergency slide repair work on
S-540 (East River Road) at multiple locations. The work is between
the Chico Hot Springs turnoff and the junction of S-540 with US 89.
The project is in the area locally known as Wanigan from reference
post 9.3 to 9.9.

Proposed work includes excavating the roadway,
backfilling crushed gravel, trench drains, culvert installation,
temporary gravel surfacing, paving, striping and signage.  The
purpose of the project is to repair the roadway, improve drainage,
and re-open the highway.  

Project work is expected to begin in mid
to late January. Once re-opened the repaired sections of Highway S
540 will have gravel surfaces with paving to follow later in the
spring of 2020.  The project schedule is dependent on completion of
design activities, environmental permitting, and weather. MDT is
dedicated to expediting this project and apologizes for any
inconvenience it may cause.  


An important part of properly
planning for future projects is partnering with the community.
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, Butte office at PO Box 3068,
Butte, MT  59702-3068. Please note that comments are for project CN

For additional information, please contact Butte District
Administrator William Fogarty at (406) 494-9635 or Project Design
Engineer Tyrel Murfitt at (406) 444 6227. 

Alternative 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.


name:  East River Road Slide (S-540)

Project ID:  STPS 540-1(27)9
Control Number:  9812000