Allow extra time for construction stops
As the saying goes, “there are two seasons in Montana: winter and road construction.” This time of year, Montana Dept. of Transportation (MDT) is busy repairing state roads that we all rely upon to get from one scenic spot to another, and to and from work or school. The state agency also has jurisdiction over federal highways, save for scenic byways and highways in national parks.
MDT’s Bill Fogarty, Administrator, Butte District, says best to add an extra 15 minutes to estimated travel times if you’re planning to drive along certain roads in Madison County the next few weeks. The good news is MDT’s road work won’t affect travel time to the Madison County Fair that starts this week.
Chip seal and interim pavement work around MT 41 and Beaverhead Rock-North has been completed, and guardrail work will take place later this month.
At U.S. 287 Ennis-North, “crews have completed crack seal work and performed minor surface repairs early this week,” Fogarty says. “Roadway resurfacing work is expected to resume on this project later in August. Travel time impacts are not expected during the Madison County Fair.”
Meanwhile, MDT is doing some paving on Varney Road (Secondary Highway 249) south of Ennis during the next two weeks. “Motorists are advised to allow 15 minutes additional travel time when passing through this project,” Fogarty said.
MDT’s road improvements should wrap up this fall. Until then, Fogarty asks that motorists be aware of workers on the roadway.
“Speed limits will be reduced in active work zones,” he says.
During the rest of “road construction season,” please look out for the guys and gals that are keeping our state roads in good shape. It’s not an easy job in this heat. And drive safely