The proposed US 2-Culbertson project draws on recommendations from the 2012 Culbertson Corridor Planning Study to deliver an improved two-lane highway design capable of meeting the needs of all roadway users.
Enhanced Design: MDT seeks to reconstruct US 2 to be safe for both motorists and pedestrians. Two 12-foot travel lanes will be constructed along with center-left-turn lanes where appropriate and feasible. Projections show a two-lane roadway can readily accommodate future traffic increases through the year 2041.
New Roadway Surface: Originally reconstructed in 1956, this segment of US 2 is in immediate need of significant rehabilitation. The proposed project will reconstruct the surface of US 2 to address road deterioration. MDT will resurface US 2 with concrete for part of the project to improve longevity and better accommodate the rigors of heavy trucks.
Improved Drainage: Lack of curb and gutter along US 2 in the heart of Culbertson leads to poor drainage and standing water, which accelerates roadway deterioration. The project will incorporate new curb, gutter, and storm drain in the more urbanized area to better manage runoff and extend the life of the roadway.
Visibility Improvements: An enhanced LED rapid flashing beacon at the school crosswalk, as recommended in the 2012 Corridor Planning Study, is planned to improve driver awareness. Additionally, some on-street parking, particularly near intersections, will be eliminated to enhance vehicle sight distance and pedestrian visibility.
Center Left Turn Lanes: Center left-turn lanes are proposed where feasible, including between MT 16 South and MT 16 North. Turn lanes remove turning vehicles from through traffic, reducing the potential for some types of crashes and enhancing traffic flow.
Defined Driveways: Poorly defined access points create confusion for drivers and pedestrians, increasing the risk for conflicts between pedestrians and turning vehicles. Installation of curb and gutter where none exists in the most developed and densely accessed segment along US 2 is proposed to define widths of driveways (while simultaneously managing storm flow along the street). The project seeks to eliminate expansive unconstrained vehicle movements between property frontages and US 2 to improve safety while significantly improving storm flow capture and drainage.
Sidewalk + Intersection Curb Ramps: Inconsistent sidewalk locations throughout the project area lack continuity to make a continuous, user-friendly route. New 5-foot-wide sidewalks along the back side of the roadway curb and gutter where it can be fitted within the road right-of-way will connect to existing sidewalks improving continuity and safety for non-motorized users.
New sidewalk corners with flatter gentler ramped slopes will ease access for those with disabilities, parents with strollers and other users to step down or up to side street intersection crosswalks.
Public Parking + Museum Path: An improved public parking area next to the school fields will accommodate the loss of some on-street parking. Additionally, a new pedestrian path will be built that will extend easterly along US 2 to the project end near the museum.