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Rouse Avenue Closed Sixty Days, Main Street To Lamme Street



A major closure on Rouse Avenue is about to begin. Starting Monday
June 15, the MDT will close Rouse Avenue from Main Street to Lamme
Street as part of construction on the Rouse Ave-Main to Oak project.
This closure is anticipated to last through mid-August. During this
time, northbound and southbound traffic on Rouse Avenue will be
detoured via Oak Street, Seventh Avenue, and Main Street. No traffic,
including local traffic and cyclists/pedestrians, will be provided
access on Rouse Avenue in this area.

"We thank downtown organizations
and residents for their patience as we work to make lasting
improvements for Rouse Avenue," said William Fogarty, Butte District
Administrator for the MDT. "The construction impacts for those
between Main Street and Lamme Street will be intense for about two
months and then will be substantially reduced."

During the closure,
crews will focus on replacing the storm drain and completely
reconstructing Rouse Avenue between Main Street and Lamme Street. To
complete this work, the surface of the road will be torn up as
contractors excavate around the underground pipes. Crews will also
install a new traffic signal at Mendenhall Street as well as ADA
ramps, curb and gutter, and sidewalks.

"Working during school hours
was a major concern, which is why this work is happening in the peak
of summer," Fogarty explained. "This is an active construction site
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the road will be dug up
considerably. We do not want parents and children having to navigate
around that." Some of the most significant improvements for this
roadway are underground and will remain unseen once complete. For the
past few months, Missouri River Contracting crews have been replacing
the aging storm drain system that runs underneath Rouse Avenue and
helps to collect and distribute water through Bozeman's storm water
system.

The Rouse Avenue-Main to Oak project will enhance safety for
all travelers on Rouse Avenue from Main Street to Oak Street by
adding increased capacity to Bozeman's street grid. Once finished, in
late 2020, Rouse Avenue will have a center turn lane and designated
bike lanes and sidewalks throughout the corridor. Those interested in
updates or information on the Rouse Avenue-Main to Oak project are
advised to email takami@bigskypublicrelations.com. SMS texting
updates are also available by texting "ROUSE" to 41411. Information
is also available on the project webpage, https://bit.ly/rouseavenue
will be continually updated throughout the course of the project.