MISSOULA, Montana (June 26, 2018) – The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to notify the public that the Milwaukee Trail pedestrian and cyclist detour route for the Russell Street – Broadway to Dakota construction project is anticipated to change June 28, 2018. With impending construction on Wyoming Street, the existing detour route will be shifted off of the active work zone to provide a safer route for non-motorized trail users.
“The Russell Street – Broadway to Dakota project has been a catalyst for community engagement,” Bob Vosen, Missoula District Construction Engineer said. “Our first priority during and following construction is safety. This detour route has been developed in conjunction with our community partners and will create a safer commute for all Missoula residents; whether you’re driving, biking, or walking through the area.”
The new Milwaukee Trail detour will run two blocks south of the current Russell Street pedestrian access. For those heading east from the Milwaukee Trail, travel will be south on Catlin Street for two blocks to Second Street. Once on Second Street, travel east to connect to Russell Street. Head north on Russell Street to First Street to cross at the crosswalk located at First Street. Head east on First Street to Inez Street. Travel north on Inez Street to reach the Milwaukee Trail. Mountain Line has also relocated a bus stop at the intersection of the Milwaukee Trail and California Street, just to the east.
For those heading west from the Milwaukee Trail, travel to Inez Street. On Inez Street, travel south to First Street. Continue west on First Street until reaching Russell Street, where pedestrians and cyclists can utilize the crosswalk on Russell Street. Travel one block south on Russell Street to Second Street. Head west on Second Street to access the Milwaukee Trail off of Catlin Street to the north.
In order to transition all commuters off of the active work area on and near Wyoming Street, Mountain Line has temporarily moved three bus stops on Route 2 off of Russell Street. During construction, these stops are will be located at the intersections of the Milwaukee Trail and California Street, at the corner of Prince Street and Montana Street, and at Third Street and California.
Representatives from Mountain Line, the City of Missoula, and Western Montana Mental Health Center have worked with the Montana Department of Transportation, as well as contractors, Dick Anderson Construction and Knife River, to assess the best route.
Construction on Wyoming Street is anticipated to last through July. At that time, the Montana Department of Transportation will reevaluate the trail detour to determine if this route or the previous Milwaukee Trail detour is preferred by users and community partners. The better alternative route will be maintained throughout Milwaukee Trail construction, which is anticipated to be largely complete by the end of 2018.
At the conclusion of the project, Mountain Line will resume service and stops at their permanent locations.
Stay in the Know
The public is encouraged to reach out with any questions regarding the project. Further information may be requested by calling the (406) 207-4484 project hotline during regular business hours. During construction, the Montana Department of Transportation hosts a public question and answer period from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Salvation Army in Missoula. This is an unprogrammed time for the public to stop by and ask questions about any of the Missoula urban-area projects including Russell Street, the Van Buren Street Interchange, Missoula ADA, or the Frenchtown Frontage Road/ I-90 East.
Those looking for continual updates about the Russell Street – Broadway to Dakota project are advised to sign up for weekly email updates by emailing [email protected]. SMS texting updates are also available by texting “RUSSELL” to 41411.
Regular updates will be sent once construction begins this spring to those who have registered. Information is also available on the project web page, http://www.mdt.mt.gov/pubinvolve/russell/, and will be continually updated throughout the course of the project.