MDT Addresses Hwy 78 Crash Pattern Near Butcher Creek Road
RED LODGE, Montana - Between 2006 and 2015, 13 crashes occurred on
Highway 78 near Butcher Creek Road. Even one crash is one too many.
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is addressing this
concern through the Curves South of Roscoe project. Engineers are
currently in the design stage and are looking at options to create a
straighter road to reduce the number and severity of off-road
"Vision Zero, the goal of zero deaths and zero serious
injuries on Montana roadways, is a big part of this and every MDT
project," LeRoy Wosoba, Project Design Engineer at MDT said. "There
isn't always an engineering solution to every crash, but in this
case, we found that changing the road will help reduce the number and
severity of crashes in this area."
The Curves South of Roscoe
project will adjust the curves in a one-mile stretch of Highway 78,
from east of Metcalf Road to east of Butcher Creek Road. The
shoulders of the road will be widened to four feet, and flatter
slopes will be created for vehicles that leave the pavement.
project will connect to the Highway 78 - Red Lodge to Luther projects
which are also under design. However, residents can expect to see
construction on Curves South of Roscoe sooner than the Highway 78 -
Red Lodge to Luther project. The Department has identified $2 million
in safety funding for Curves South of Roscoe in 2024. The Highway 78
- Red Lodge to Luther projects have not yet identified a funding
source within the Department's five-year plan.
Curves South of
Roscoe is funded 100 percent by the Highway Safety Improvement
Program, a federal program that provides funding to states for
projects that directly work to improve safety. Projects that qualify
for this funding must identify a location where higher severity
crashes have occurred and provide a solution that reduces crashes.
"Our team looks forward to continuing conversations with residents
and hearing their thoughts and feedback on this work," Wosoba said.
"Hearing directly from residents ensures that we don't miss anything
and that we're aware of all of the considerations that must be taken
into account before moving forward."
To provide feedback or ask
questions, contact Takami Clark at
or call the project hotline at 406-207-4484, Monday through Friday,
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the project, visit