The Montana Department of Transportation will begin the Fox Farm/Ulm project on July 6, and work is expected to continue through September. Construction on the main roads will take place Mondays through Fridays between 7:00am and 7:00pm.
“We know this is a busy area. Our goal is to keep the public informed of closures and complete the work with as little disruption as possible," said Rich Hibl, Great Falls District Construction Engineer for MDT, in a news release.
Beginning Monday, United Materials will resurface a section of 1-15 stretching from Ulm north to the Emerson Junction interchange. Traffic will flow in one lane in each direction and speeds will be reduced. This portion of the project will last only a few weeks and no complete closures of I-15 will be required.
Although the second smallest interstate in the country, I-315 is a main thoroughfare in Great Falls. This well-traveled road will also be resurfaced between I-15 and the intersection of Fox Farm Road during the Fox Farm/Ulm project. Additionally, guardrails will be replaced in key areas and the left-turn lane at the intersection of Country Club Boulevard and Fox Farm Road will be lengthened to accommodate increased traffic and alleviate congestion.
All eight of the I-315 ramps will need to be resurfaced; doing so will require complete ramp closures. Construction on the ramps will take place at night between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. To allow for better traffic flow, two ramps will be closed at a time, each taking a few days to complete. Access to area businesses will remain open during regular business hours.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to stay informed and to sign up for weekly project updates by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org, subscribe to text alerts by texting PAVEGF to 41411, and/or by clicking here to visit the project website.