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Nighttime road projects start up in Stevensville

Posted at 9:52 AM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 11:52:56-04

State transportation crews have begun a road project on US Highway 93 in the Bitterroot.

Crews are performing pavement preservation night work from the McCalla Creek Bridge to approximately ¾ miles north of Kootenai Creek Road.

Once this phase is complete, crews will move to the Eastside Highway and Main Street.

Construction on both roadways is expected to take about two weeks, according to the Montana Department of Transportation.

MDT notes that the project include milling, paving, and chip sealing.

“Roads in truly bad shape require more money, time and resources to fix up,” said Matt Straub, MDT Engineering Project Manager.

“Pavement preservation keeps roads from falling into serious disrepair, extending the life of roads with minimal investment and disruptions," he added.

Construction work will take place between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., but crews will not be working Friday and Saturday evenings.

Drivers should expect delays of up to 15 minutes and reduced speeds.

Highway 93 will have single-lane, two-way traffic in the construction zone.

Single-lane closures, one-way traffic, and pilot cars will be in effect for work on the Eastside Highway/Main Street.

Drivers are asked to slow down and pay attention in work zones. With decreased visibility at night, crew members working on the road can be harder to see.

Click here to learn more about construction happening near Stevensville this summer.