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June 11, 2021 3:23 PM

Kalispell Bypass - Foys Lake Road

June 11th Update: The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and LHC Construction are appreciative of your patience as they work to create a smooth travel experience through the work zone.

This past week, LHC Crews experienced a bit of a delay due to wet weather conditions. Drivers may notice equipment in place to dry the ground.

Once the weather clears, workers will be continuing earthwork on the northbound on- and off-ramps. In addition, crews are moving forward with gravel and grading work on the Foys Lake side of the Bypass. This is in preparation for the western tear-drop shaped roundabout. Lastly, concrete pouring is almost complete on the Meridian Road side of the Bypass. Travelers will see a nearly complete tear-drop shaped roundabout on that eastern side.

As construction moves forward on schedule, updates are to come detailing new traffic alignments. There will likely be a fair amount of impact to traffic in the coming weeks. We will keep you updated on what to expect!

Please continue to be mindful of detours, gravel roadways, flaggers and signs especially as vacation and summer travel picks up in the next few months.

Click this link to visit the MDT Kalispell Project map for a useful visual on all 2021 projects occurring in the area.

Do you have questions about construction on the Kalispell Bypass? The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and LHC Construction team are holding virtual public meetings to answer questions about the Foys Lake Road Interchange construction. Join the team on the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. (July 8, August 12 etc.). Meetings are held via Zoom. No registration is required. To access the dial-in details for each week click this link. All are invited to ask the project team questions and provide feedback! Schedule updates will be communicated as needed.

Questions? Please call 406-207-4484 or me Becca at becca@bigskypublicrelations.com

The Department of Transportation will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this weekly public meeting or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Transportation no later than Tuesday, July 6 at 10 am MST, to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Matt Maze, Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, Montana 59620; telephone (406) 444-5416; Montana Relay 711; facsimile (406) 444-7243; or e-mail to mmaze@mt.gov.

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Latest Update:

September 17, 2021 12:29 PM

Roadwork continues on the Kalispell Bypass – Foys Lake Road Interchange project. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and LHC anticipate most of construction to be completed in 2021. Crews will return briefly in 2022 to complete chip sealing and painting. Updates to come on any scheduling shifts.

This week, the MDT and LHC are finishing work on the overpass walls. In the coming weeks, drivers will notice work taking place on the overpass roadway that cars will eventually be driving on.

LHC is also finishing up concrete pours on sidewalk and curbs throughout the work zone. Drivers will also see workers and equipment placing topsoil and completing work on the southbound on- and off-ramps. 

The detour is located in the same place as the past few weeks. Vehicles will be detoured to the northbound on- and off-ramps and the roundabout on the Meridian Road side of the project. Traffic will be shifted towards the beginning of October as construction progress. Updates will be communicated when this takes place.

Flaggers will be facilitating traffic through the work zone and speeds will be reduced. MDT encourages you to watch for signs, detours, flaggers, equipment, rough roadway, and other drivers. Account for 10-15 minutes of additional time when passing through the intersection.

Questions or concerns about construction? Join us during a virtual meeting!

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and LHC team are holding virtual public meetings to answer questions about the Foys Lake Road Interchange construction. Join the team on the second Thursday of each month at 6 pm. The next meeting is Thursday, October 14 at 6pm. Meetings are held via Zoom. No registration is required. To access the dial-in details for each month click this link. All are invited to ask the project team questions and provide feedback! Schedule updates will be communicated as needed.

 Questions? Please call 406-207-4484 or me Becca at becca@bigskypublicrelations.com

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September 10, 2021 3:45 PM

Exciting progress is being made on the Kalispell Bypass – Foys Lake Road interchange project!

This week, the Montana Department of Transportation and LHC have finished setting bridge beams on the overpass. Work continues on forming the overpass walls. Drivers will notice equipment and workers progressing on the overpass in the coming weeks. 

In addition to this, LHC is focused on finishing up sidewalks, curbs, and connecting features throughout the work zone. For example, the Valley View connection and the southbound on-ramp to the Foys Lake side roundabout will soon be made.

Drivers will also notice topsoil placement and ditch work occurring throughout the construction zone.

Concrete placement will occur this week and in the weeks following as weather conditions allow. 

Similar to past weeks, flaggers will be facilitating traffic through the work zone and speeds are reduced. The detour is located in the same place as the past few weeks. Vehicles will be detoured to the northbound on- and off-ramps and the roundabout on the Meridian Road side of the project. 

Please continue to be kind when traveling through the construction site. MDT encourages you to watch for signs, detours, flaggers, equipment, rough roadway, and other drivers. Account for 10-15 minutes of additional time when passing through the intersection.

September 7, 2021 8:15 AM

Full road construction continues on the Kalispell Bypass – Foys Lake Road project. No work is occurring on Monday, September 6. The Montana Department of Transportation and LHC team are focusing roadwork on the overpass. This bridge will take regional traffic over the two roundabouts below upon completion.

This week, LHC will continue to set bridge beams on the overpass. In addition, crews are filling in material and completing the back walls of the structure. Large trucks will be moving in and out of the work zone to haul materials. Flaggers will be facilitating traffic.

The detour is located in the same place as the past few weeks. Vehicles will be detoured to the northbound on- and off-ramps and the roundabout on the Meridian Road side of the project. 

As a reminder, please be kind when traveling through the work zone. We understand that construction can be frustrating and appreciate your patience in advance. MDT’s goal is to create a safe and efficient construction site and to get you to your designation on time. Continue to watch for signs, detours, flaggers, equipment, rough roadway and other drivers. Account for 10-15 minutes of additional time when passing through the intersection.

Questions or concerns about construction? Join us next week during a virtual meeting!

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and LHC team are holding virtual public meetings to answer questions about the Foys Lake Road Interchange construction. Join the team on the second Thursday of each month at 6 pm. The next meeting is Thursday, September 9 at 6pm. Meetings are held via Zoom. No registration is required. To access the dial-in details for each week click this link. All are invited to ask the project team questions and provide feedback! Schedule updates will be communicated as needed. 

Questions? Please call 406-207-4484 or me at becca@bigskypublicrelations.com. Please note, I will be going on maternity leave in the coming weeks. During my absence, my colleague, Takami Clark, will be sending updates on this project.