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Construction Begins On Dern Rd & Springcreek Rd Intersection



KALISPELL, Montana (May 11, 2021) - Construction Notice! The Montana
Department of Transportation (MDT) informs the media and general
public of construction beginning on the Dern Road and Springcreek
Road intersection on US Highway 2 in early summer 2021. Schellinger
Construction crews are anticipated to start work on May 24, 2021, and
continue through November of 2021, dependent upon favorable weather
conditions. To provide the safest design, the current intersection
configuration will be replaced with a roundabout. In addition, crews
will work to flatten the slope on US Highway 2 to increase visibility
for drivers. 



"Between 2003 and 2014, the Dern and Springcreek
intersection had 48 crashes. It's important for us to make this
change to increase safety and save lives," Bob Vosen, MDT Missoula
District Administrator, said. 



MDT and partners have engaged in
significant analysis, design, and gathering of public feedback to
provide Flathead County with the best intersection improvement
option. After substantial analysis of 12 different intersection
configurations, a roundabout was selected as the safest and most
cost-effective scenario. For more details on roundabout safety and
the design selection process, please visit the webpage linked here. 
Initial construction will occur adjacent to the roadway near the
northwest corner of the current intersection. Drivers may anticipate
delays as crews and large equipment access the work zone. As
construction progresses, there are likely to be additional travel
impacts. Updates will be given as work progresses.  

Roadwork will
continue through the late fall of 2021 and begin again for a brief
period in the spring of 2022.  



Open House: 

There will be two Dern
and Springcreek open houses to provide multiple participation
options. One will be hosted virtually on Wednesday, May 19, via Zoom;
at 12 p.m. (noon). If you are interested in attending virtually,
please register at this link. Registration is required to attend. The
second will be held in person on Thursday, May 20 from 4:00 p.m. to
5:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn in Kalispell. All are welcome. (1140
U.S. Hwy 2 W, Kalispell, MT 59901)

 

During each open house, the Dern
and Springcreek intersection project team will be available to
discuss project plans and potential construction impacts, answer
questions, and hear attendee feedback and concerns. 

 

For more
information, please visit the webpage at 
https://www.mdt.mt.gov/pubinvolve/dernspring/. Those who would like
regular updates or have questions can contact Becca MacLean at 
becca@bigskypublicrelations.com or call the project hotline at (406)
207-4484 during business hours.  You can also sign up for text
updates by texting DERNSPRING to 41411. 



The Department of
Transportation will make reasonable accommodations for persons with
disabilities who wish to participate in this Dern and Springcreek
open houses or need an alternative accessible format of this notice.
If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of
Transportation no later than Monday, May 17 to advise us of the
nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Matt Maze,
Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, Montana 59620;
telephone (406) 444-5416; Montana Relay 711; facsimile (406)
444-7243; or e-mail to mmaze@mt.gov.