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Reconstruction Project On Highway 80 Southeast Of Ft. Benton

Proposed Road Reconstruction Project on Highway 80 Southeast of Fort

FORT BENTON, MONTANA (December 11, 2019)  The Montana
Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to announce and invite
the public to comment on a proposal to reconstruct approximately 10
miles of MT-80 (P-80), southeast of Fort Benton. The project begins
approximately 2.4 miles southeast of Fort Benton, at milepost 4.7,
and extends 10 miles to Frenchman Ridge Road at milepost 14.7.

highway will be reconstructed with wider shoulders and a new
alignment that will straighten the curve at milepost 8.5. Proposed
work includes earthwork, drainage, gravel, plant mix surfacing, chip
seal, rumble strips and new signing and pavement markings.  The
purpose of the project is to improve the safety and efficiency of the
route by bringing the design up to current standards, including wider
shoulders and smoother roadway ditches.

Construction is tentatively
planned for 2026 depending on completion of design and availability
of funds.  New right-of-way and relocation of utilities will be
required.  MDT staff will contact all potentially affected landowners
prior to performing survey work on their land.	Landowners will be
contacted prior to construction regarding property acquisition and
temporary construction permits.

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, Great Falls office at PO Box
1359, Great Falls, MT  59403-1359. Please note that comments are for
project UPN 9721000.

The public is encouraged to contact Great Falls
District Preconstruction Engineer Steve Prinzing or District Projects
Engineer Christie McOmber at (406) 454 5880 for additional

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.