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Kalispell Area Sidewalk Ramps Being Upgraded



KALISPELL, Montana - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT)
is committed to access for all. Throughout the summer, MDT, in
conjunction with Knife River and WGM Group, will update several ramps
along Idaho Street and US 93 South to meet current ADA standards.

The
project team will install updated ramp devices called truncated
domes. These devices alert pedestrians that they have reached a
street corner. Upgrades to sidewalk ramps, known as curb cuts, will
make it easier for wheeled devices to transition from the street to
the sidewalk. These ramps will ensure greater access for anyone
utilizing area sidewalks.  

"As a part of our commitment to safety,
access for all users is very important," John Schmidt, MDT District
Construction Engineer said. "These upgrades will not only provide
access for individuals with disabilities, but will also offer
benefits for users on bicycles, parents pushing strollers, and many
others." 

To minimize disruptions, the majority of this work will be
conducted at night between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Some
sidewalk and lane closures will be necessary as work is completed.
Work not requiring lane closures may take place during daytime hours,
and both drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to be mindful of
sidewalk and traffic changes during both day and nighttime hours.

The
project team is working closely with Mountain Climber to minimize
impacts to those who use public transit services and may be affected
by sidewalk closures. Weekly project updates will be provided to
public transportation and other services to communicate the project
status and areas of greatest impact.

Construction will occur in three
zones below. Some zones may overlap in schedules.

- Work on the first
zone will begin on Idaho Street between First Avenue West North and
Eighth Avenue West North in early June and continue through the
beginning of August.

- Zone two is also on Idaho Street stretching
from Main Street to Seventh Avenue East North. Work on this zone is
anticipated to run from late July to early October.

- Construction on
zone three is anticipated to begin in mid-September and wrap up in
late October. Zone three begins at First Avenue East on US 93 and
continues to Kelly Road.

MDT will host an in-person and a virtual
open house for community members to learn more about this project.
Members of the project team will be on hand to meet with residents
and answer questions. 

The in-person open house will take place on
Tuesday, May 25 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Montana West Economic
Development, 44 Second Avenue West in Kalispell. 

The virtual open
house will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, May 26 at noon.
Registration is required. Those interested may visit
https://bit.ly/KalispellADA to register or call the project hotline
at 406-207-4484 for more information.

The Department of
Transportation will make reasonable accommodations for persons with
disabilities who wish to participate in the Kalispell ADA Virtual
Open House or need an alternative accessible format of this notice.
If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of
Transportation no later than May 21, 2021 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.