The following is a press release from Dick Anderson Construction:
Bozeman, MT-Construction to replace the dual bridges at the West Bozeman Interchange began in March and starting on April 15, bridge retrofit work will begin at the Bear Canyon Interchange.
These important projects address structural vulnerabilities during earthquakes and will improve traffic capacity and function.
The more major of the two projects underway-replacing the existing bridges at the West Bozeman Interchange with one new structure-has been progressing well according to Allan Frankl, Project Manager for Dick Anderson Construction. "We hope to have this phase of noisy pile-driving completed in a week or two," says Frankl. "We ask that people continue to be patient with the noise and lane rerouting and that they continue to patronize businesses in the area".
Frankl says that work at the Bear Canyon Interchange will be less involved and traffic will not be affected on the Interstate in the Bear Canyon area, but that minor traffic delays on the road below the interstate could occur over the next two months. He says that future retrofit projects are also planned at Valley Center Road, L Street, and Fort Ellis Road.
When the North 7th Avenue bridge work is completed motorists will benefit from four driving lanes and two left hand turn lanes onto the I-90 westbound on-ramp. Five-foot shoulders will accommodate bicycle traffic and five-foot sidewalks will be ADA accessible. Other improvements will include new luminaires, traffic signing and signals.
Updated project information is available at www.mdt.mt.gov/bozinterchange and traffic advisories are broadcast weekly on local radio stations and in the Sunday edition of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Information is also issued through the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce e-newsletter that goes to all Chamber members. The project information hotline number is 406-459-7392.