The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is seeking public comments on a pair of projects to reconstruct about one mile of Zimmerman Trail and to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Montana Highway 3 (MT-3) and Zimmerman Trail. The projects begin at the intersection of Zimmerman Trail and Rimrock Road and extends one mile north to the intersection of Montana Highway 3.
Proposed work includes widening of the roadway where feasible to two 12-foot lanes and 4-foot shoulders, new guardrail and barrier rail, retaining wall, slope stabilization, new drainage features, upgraded pavement markings, and improved signage along Zimmerman Trail. The proposed work also includes improving intersection safety with construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Zimmerman Trail and Hwy. 3.
The purpose of the project is to improve safety and mobility of the roadway and extend the service life of Zimmerman Trail from Rimrock Road to Hwy. 3.
Construction is tentatively planned for 2018 depending on completion of design and availability of funds. Right-of-way acquisition is required. Utilities will be relocated during construction. Construction will require the closure of Zimmerman Trail to through traffic and a temporary detour will be required on Hwy. 3 for construction of the roundabout. Construction is expected to last approximately 3 months.
For more information, contact Billings District Administrator Stefan Streeter at (406) 657-0268 or Project Design Engineer Wade Salyards at (406) 4440451. Members of the public may submit written comments to the Montana Department of Transportation Billings office at P.O. Box 20437, Billings, MT 59104-0437, or online at: www. mdt.mt. gov/ mdt/ comment_ form.shtml