On Monday, the state will begin reconstructing a problem area of I-90 by Amsterdam Road notorious for traffic jams.
NBC Montana spoke with project manager Josh Walter of Knife River Construction. Knife River is the company working with the state in the reconstruction of the I-90 eastbound ramp.
The first phase is set to begin on Monday with the widening of Amsterdam Road.
We're told traffic will still be able to move through the area. The Department of Transportation says folks driving will need to pay close attention to work zones starting next week.
We wanted to know what folks in the area think of the project. NBC Montana caught up with truck drivers who use the ramps and restaurant workers to get their perspective on the construction. Bill Alt is a truck driver who says he's glad the state is reworking the on- and off-ramps.
"It will relieve a lot of congestion as far as people getting onto the freeway. It's going to increase the safety, at this point in time," said Alt.
Logan Smith is a line cook at the B and H Restaurant right alongside the interstate. Smith hopes the roadwork will not prevent customers from coming in.
"I really hope it doesn't affect business. If it does that would be unfortunate, we really like having out customers here and we do have a lot of regulars so we hope they keep coming," explained Smith.
We looked up a few alternative routes for drivers traveling through the area. One option is to head down Jackrabbit Lane and use Cameron Bridge Road. Cameron Bridge Road will then take you to Thorpe. Head north on Thorpe and that will put you back on Amsterdam, just past the construction.
Knife River says there will be traffic delays throughout Amsterdam Road.