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Safety improvement project planned for busy Missoula road

Posted at 6:35 AM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 09:25:25-04

MISSOULA – A very busy Missoula road is set to see some safety improvements.

The Montana Department of Transportation will be starting a construction project in early June on Reserve Street between River and Mullan roads.

Crews will place a roughly three foot high concrete barrier rail between the north and southbound lanes in hopes of decreasing the number of crashes that occur in the area.

The construction — which will take place between 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. — is expected to run until August. Although the work will take place overnight, the project will cause some major delays at some point during the days, as well.

Drivers can expect to see single lane closures, traffic control measures, decreased speed and flaggers as the road work continues.

“We’re going to be performing the majority of work at night as much as possible just to reduce the impacts on the traveling public,” said Bob Vosen, the MDT Missoula District acting administrator.

“We recognize it’s a highly traveled route – Reserve Street is. So an effort to get the work done more expediently and allow traffic to have some [semblance] of flow out there. We’re going to be doing the work at night,” he added. “There will be impacts to travel during the day. We’ll do our best to minimize them as much as possible

MDT is reminding drivers to be cautious at all times of the day once the work begins since the project will be an active construction site on one of Missoula’s busiest roads.