Montana Department of Transportation

Malcolm “Mack” Long, Director


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MDT News

Proposed Intersection Improvements In Columbus

Columbus, MT - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would
like to announce and invite the public to comment on a proposal to
add a traffic signal, new railroad lights and gates at the
intersection of Pike Avenue and Pratten Street in Columbus.

work includes the installation of a new traffic signal and a new
railroad grade crossing signal connected to the signal. At Pratten
Street the north and south tracks will be removed and at 3rd Street
the south track will be removed. The purpose of the project is to
improve the safety of the Pratten Street rail crossing and improve
the operation of the intersection of Pratten Street and Pike Avenue. 

Construction is tentatively planned for 2023 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
affected landowners prior to doing survey work on their land. Staff
will again contact landowners prior to construction regarding
property acquisition and temporary construction permits.

important part of properly planning for future projects is partnering
with the community. The 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, Billings office at PO Box 20437,
Billings, MT  59104-0437. Please note that comments are for project
UPN 9716000.

The public is encouraged to contact Project Design
Engineer LeRoy Wosoba at (406) 444-1280 or Billings Engineering
Manager Mike Taylor at (406) 657-0233 for additional information.

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request. Persons who need an alternative format should contact the
Office of Civil Rights, Department of Transportation, 2701 Prospect
Avenue, PO Box 201001, Helena, MT 59620. Telephone 406-444-5416 or
Montana Relay Service at 711.