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Project Overview

Meet the Team

Designed to save lives and prevent serious crashes, the Montana Department of Transportation is busy designing the Stevensville Safety Improvements project on Highway 269, one of Montana’s most dangerous sections of highway. Between 2003 and 2017, there were more than 400 collisions along this route, including six fatalities and 20 serious injuries. This trend must stop which is why MDT and contractors will be providing safety improvements to the roadway beginning in the spring of 2021.

Prior to that time, we are looking to ensure residents and travelers are fully updated on all aspects of the project. To be able to learn first-hand from the community, the project design team will be working from Morningstar Caffeine & Cuisine from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 21, and Dec. 5. The public is warmly invited to stop by, meet our team, ask questions and share their thoughts on the project.

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is beginning work on the Stevensville Safety Improvement project. Residents and neighbors may have heard mention of these plans a few years ago. However, since that time there are a few updates.

Timing

Working with the community, MDT hopes to start construction in the fall of 2020.

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South of Stevensville - Safety Improvements project timeline

Project Overview

The Stevensville Safety Improvement project will be designed to save lives and prevent serious crashes by enhancing roadside safety along Highway 269; one of the most dangerous highway sections in our state. Between 2003 and 2017, there were more than 400 collisions along this stretch of highway, including six fatalities and 20 serious injuries. The project will begin just north of the intersection with North Birch Creek Road and extend 5.9 miles near its the intersection with Pine Hollow Road.

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South of Stevensville - Safety Improvements project map

The proposed work plan currently includes widening the existing roadway by adding four-foot shoulders on both sides of the highway and flattening the roadside slopes with sections of guardrail being constructed along the route. Additionally, a new flashing signal will be placed at Bell Crossing and realigning Willoughby Lane to better facilitate safe travel at the intersection. Utility upgrades and bridge replacements will occur throughout the project. Upon completion, the roadway will also be sealed and have new pavement markings and signs.

Public Involvement

Before we start construction in the coming years it is MDT’s goal to ensure residents and travelers are fully updated on all aspects of the project from design to construction schedules. Projects like this are based on community input. We are listening and we care.

That's why the Stevensville Safety Improvement project includes a public involvement firm, Big Sky Public Relations. Big Sky Public Relation’s primary role is to help connect residents, businesses, landowners and otherwise interested groups to the right person and updated information.

If you have questions, want to provide feedback, hope to set up a meeting with someone on the project team, or want to chat over a cup of coffee, Big Sky Public Relations is your best contact.

MDT held meetings in 2018 and many landowners received a letter at that time. Along the same lines, as the project team continues moving forward with planning, reviews, and into construction next year, MDT’s hope is that the community knows this project as well as we do. Ahead of that time, our team will be available throughout the fall and winter to get to know you and to hear your feedback regarding this project.

Stay in the Know

We will also be providing an open house later this year for you to meet the team and learn more about construction plans. If you would like to receive regular updates on this project, or have questions, please send a request to . We're happy to help.