MISSOULA, Mont. – The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) advises travelers preparing for the Independence Day holiday to plan for additional travel time in and surrounding the Missoula area. Several construction projects will be ongoing; however, crews will not be working Wednesday, July 4 to provide less congested access for the holiday. Additional stoppages of work are detailed below.
Ed Toavs, Missoula District Administrator for the Montana Department of Transportation, reminds travelers that many of Missoula’s roadways are under construction and to plan ahead for safe holiday travel.
“To help relieve some traffic challenges that come with busy holidays, the Montana Department of Transportation will not have crews working on job sites from noon on July 3 through July 4,” Toavs said. “Drivers should be mindful of signage and should decrease their speed, although they will not have to navigate through active construction for the holiday. We hope these efforts lead to a safe and enjoyable Independence Day for Montana residents and travelers.”
Van Buren Street Interchange The eastbound on-ramp, exit 105, will be closed through July 7, dependent upon weather and construction conditions. Crews will stop work the afternoon of July 3 and will resume Thursday, July 5. Single lane traffic will be controlled by flaggers in both directions on Van Buren Street. Additionally, westbound I-90 traffic will be reduced to one lane for the foreseeable future.
As the Van Buren Street Interchange undergoes significant construction improvements, the North Orange Street Interchange is experiencing a high volume of spillover traffic. Due to Orange Street volumes, travelers are advised to plan for extra travel time when using North Orange Street to enter or exit Interstate 90.
Russell Street – Broadway to Dakota Both Dick Anderson Construction and Knife River crews will be off of the roadway by Tuesday afternoon, July 3. Work will be stopped for the remainder of the week, starting back up on Monday, July 9. The Montana Department of Transportation has recently moved the Milwaukee Trail detour route. As a result,
cyclists and pedestrians are encouraged to follow all posted signage, including on-site detour maps along the Milwaukee Trail route. Maps can also be found on the project webpage.
ADA The Missoula ADA project will be wrapping up on Orange Street over the July 4 holiday. Due to weather impacts, one lane may remain closed from First to Sixth Streets along Orange Street, south of the Clark Fork River. All crews will be off the work zone by noon on Tuesday, July 3 and will return at 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 5.
The Montana Department of Transportation wishes all a safe holiday week. The public is encouraged to reach out to the Montana Department of Transportation with any questions regarding these projects calling (406)-207-4484.