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MDT pauses construction projects for Memorial Day weekend

Posted at 4:51 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 19:41:29-04

MISSOULA – Road construction season is well underway as the Montana Department of Transportation continues improving our roadways, but residents can look for a pause in the action for a couple days due to Memorial Day weekend.

MDT is halting construction starting Friday and will resume finishing projects on Tuesday morning.

The Broadway Avenue ADA project will remove single lane closures for westbound traffic for the weekend

Russell Street bridge construction stopped Friday afternoon and while all the traffic patterns will remain the same the hope is that no active construction will relieve some congestion in the area.

A lot of factors go into this decision including the increase in travelers and the safety of them and construction crews.

“When roads get busy and we are in the way people get frustrated, and we just find its better to let the traveling public have a chance to just have the road to themselves,” said MDT engineer John Schmidt. “Memorial Day is one of our most well-traveled holidays here in the state of Montana and we just think its a huge benefit to the commuting traveling public to give them a respite from all the construction and it’s good for our crews to get a chance to go home and refresh with their families.”

The Van Buren Street interchange project and the Frenchtown Frontage Road project have relieved their crews and they will start again on Tuesday

After Memorial Day, Missoula residents can expect some added projects around town, but MDT is going to conduct some of those at night to minimize traffic impacts.

Schmidt says that they appreciate everyone’s patience as the big improvements start to get into final phases this summer.