North Orange Street experiencing high traffic volumes, delays and congestion
MISSOULA, Mont. (May 24, 2018) – Travelers preparing for the holiday weekend are strongly encouraged to plan for additional travel time if entering or exiting North Orange Street or Van Buren Street. Ongoing construction on the Van Buren Street Interchange, Russell Street, and in downtown Missoula for ADA improvements will stop the afternoon of Friday, May 25, and will resume with regular construction hours on Tuesday, May 29 to accommodate for the holiday weekend. Job sites will not be active during this time, however traffic will be impacted in work zones.
As the Van Buren Street Interchange undergoes significant construction improvements, the North Orange Street Interchange has experienced 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.
“The Montana Department of Transportation had an opportunity to make a big investment into local infrastructure during this season, and that was a limited time chance for us,” Ed Toavs, District Administrator for Montana Department of Transportation’s Missoula District, said. “We know that the current road construction across the city is inconvenient and is causing more congestion that we typically ever see in Missoula, but it also means that we’re going to see some improvements that will improve traffic flow for everyone once this construction cycle is completed.”
Motorists using the roundabout at North Orange Street should be alert and remember to yield to traffic in the roundabout. When approaching a roundabout, all must ensure they slowly approach the configuration while also looking for pedestrians and cyclists. All are reminded to look to the left when approaching the roundabout. Traffic flows in a counterclockwise direction. Yield to vehicles that are in the roundabout already. They have the right of way.
Prior to the holiday weekend, Knife River will have three nights of work as part of the Van Buren Street Interchange project. Night construction will be in effect on Wednesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 24 from 6 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
As a result, Van Buren Street will be single lane traffic during these hours. Traffic will be maintained in each direction, facilitated by stop lights and flaggers. Drivers are encouraged to be alert to changing conditions and mindful of signage for this construction period.
The Montana Department of Transportation hosts a public Q&A session every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army in Missoula. This is an informal opportunity to stop by to ask questions about any of the projects in the Missoula urban-area, including Van Buren, Russell or ADA improvements.
The public is encouraged to reach out to the Montana Department of Transportation with any questions regarding the Van Buren Street Interchange or ADA projects. Further information may be requested by calling (406)-207-4484.