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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

Prior Updates

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.

August 30, 2021 9:33 AM

The Montana Department of Transportation is grateful for your continued patience. We understand that there is a lot happening on the Kalispell Bypass – Foys Lake Road project. Crews are working to ensure drivers have a safe and efficient experience when traveling through the work zone. 

This week, LHC will be setting bridge beams on the overpass. Once construction is majorly complete later this year, the overpass will ultimately be a bridge that allows travelers to pass over the two roundabouts below. Here is a link to an image that may be helpful when visualizing the final design. Drivers will notice trucks hauling beams on Tuesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 2 of next week. Flaggers will be facilitating traffic as trucks move this material in and out. 

Drivers will experience the same detour as past 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 watch for signs, detours, flaggers, equipment, rough roadway and other drivers. Please account for 10-15 minutes of additional time when passing through the intersection.

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 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, September 7 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.  

August 20, 2021 10:32 AM

Roadwork on the overpass continues on the Kalispell Bypass – Foys Lake Road Interchange project. Please continue to watch for signs, detours, flaggers, equipment, rough roadway and other drivers. Construction is currently on schedule to be majorly completed by the end of 2021.

Have you seen the Foys Lake Road construction video on the MDT webpage? If not, feel free to check out this link for a short video with details on the interchange. 

Drivers will experience the same detour as past weeks. Vehicles will be detoured to the northbound on- and off-ramps and the roundabout on the Meridian Road side of the project. Please account for 10-15 minutes of additional time when passing through the intersection.

In addition to this, crews are continuing work on the new overpass including pipe installation and progress on surrounding curbs and sidewalks. In the beginning of September, crews will begin initial beam work on the overpass.

LHC crews are making fantastic headway on the interchange. We are excited to enter the end of summer and continue progressing the intersection forward!

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 Becca at becca@bigskypublicrelations.com

August 13, 2021 10:22 AM

The Montana Department of Transportation and LHC appreciate your patience as full construction continues on the Kalispell Bypass – Foys Lake Road Interchange. We realize there is a lot going on in the area and are grateful for your attention to signs, workers, equipment and other drivers as you pass through the detour routes.

This week, crews are pouring concrete on the new overpass walls as well as on surrounding curb and sidewalks. In addition, earthwork is taking place to the north and south of the overpass bridge. Much of the work in the coming weeks will be focused on the overpass that will eventually take travelers over the two teardrop-shaped roundabouts.

Drivers will experience the same detour as last week. Vehicles will be directed to the northbound on- and off-ramps and the roundabout on the Meridian Road side of the project. Vehicles will continue to experience 10-15 minutes of delays when passing through the intersection. Please account for additional time during rush hour.

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 Becca at becca@bigskypublicrelations.com

August 6, 2021 10:29 AM

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, August 12 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.

Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and LHC crews have added walls to the new overpass. In addition, earthwork and grading are taking place on the sides of the overpass bridge. 

Drivers will experience the same detour as last week. Vehicles will be directed to the northbound on- and off-ramps and the roundabout on the Meridian Road side of the project. Vehicles will continue to experience 10-15 minutes of delays when passing through the intersection. 

Similar to last week, you will continue to see wick drains being installed on the south side of the work zone. Wick drains are “straw-like” prefabricated drainage strips that are drilled vertically into the ground to act as drainage paths for removing excess water from the existing soft/clayey soils.

The bike path will be fully paved by the end of this week! Thank you for your patience here.

Please continue to be mindful of detours, signs, equipment and workers when traveling through the work zone.  

If you missed it last week, District Administrator, Bob Vosen recently interviewed with KGEZ. Click this link to hear more about the Kalispell Bypass – Foys Lake Road Interchange project. This is a 15-minute clip. 

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

 

July 30, 2021 4:26 PM

MDT and LHC crews are continuing to add walls to the new overpass. In addition, drivers will notice workers and equipment near the base of the overpass preparing the area for construction. Once roadwork is complete, this overpass will allow for trucks and regional traffic to pass over the two roundabouts below, reducing congestion throughout the intersection. 

Drivers will experience the same detour as last week. Vehicles will be directed to the northbound on- and off-ramps and the roundabout on the Meridian Road side of the project.

You will continue to see wick drains being installed on the south side of the work zone. Wick drains are “straw-like” prefabricated drainage strips that facilitate drainage of excess water from the existing soils.

Lastly, the bike path will be prepped next week for paving. The path will remain open. However, please anticipate delays. 

Please continue to be mindful of detours, signs, equipment, and workers. We encourage you to go slow and pay attention to your surroundings. We understand there are a lot of elements to be aware of when passing through the work zone. Drivers will experience up to 10 minutes of delay.

District Administrator Bob Vosen recently interviewed with KGEZ. Click this link to hear more about the Kalispell Bypass – Foys Lake Road Interchange project. [kgez.podbean.com] This is a 15-minute clip. 

Also, have you checked out this video about the Foys Lake Road Interchange project? This provides a reminder of why this work is being completed. Follow this link to view [youtube.com]!

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, August 12 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 Becca at becca@bigskypublicrelations.com

July 16, 2021 4:26 PM

Thank you for your patience and understanding as the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and LHC continue roadwork on the Kalispell Bypass – Foys Lake Road Interchange.

Drivers will now be shifted to a detour on the northbound on- and off-ramps and the roundabout on the Meridian Road side of the project.

Travelers will notice crews installing walls for the overpass. The overpass will go into full construction later this summer.

 Pipe and drainage work is almost complete. In addition, the roundabout on the Foys Lake side of the project is almost done being paved! Great progress is being made on all fronts.

Lastly, next week the southbound off-ramp is being paved and the bike path will be tied into the project.  

With changing traffic patterns, please be mindful of flaggers, equipment and signs as you drive through the work zone. 

On behalf of MDT, we are excited to share with you a video about the Foys Lake Road Interchange. This video provides a reminder of why this work is being completed. Follow this link to view!

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 pm. The next meeting is Thursday, August 12 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 Becca at becca@bigskypublicrelations.com

July 12, 2021 9:10 AM

LHC continues to make great progress on the Kalispell Bypass – Foys Lake Road interchange project. The majority of construction will be completed by the end of 2021 with crews returning briefly in spring of 2022 for final touches.

Drivers will experience a major traffic shift beginning the week of July 12.

Travelers passing through the work zone will be directed onto the ramps as opposed to through the roundabout configurations.  Flaggers and signs will be present. Speeds will continue to be reduced. Though traffic is generally kept moving through the intersection, please anticipate at least a few minutes of delay. 

With the traffic shift in mind, please be extra watchful of workers, equipment, signs, and other drivers.

In addition, this week, workers will be paving the roundabout on the Foys Lake Road side of the interchange. Soon, the on- and off- ramps will also be paved. Drivers will also notice walls being installed for the overpass that will go into full construction later this summer.

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 pm. The next meeting is Thursday, August 12 at 6 pm. 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

July 2, 2021 4:46 PM

Happy Friday. On behalf of the Montana Department of Transportation, we wish you a safe, fun and cool Fourth of July. Construction crews will be off the road on Friday, July 2 after 3 p.m. Workers will not be present this weekend through Monday, July 5. No road closures will occur. LHC will be hard at work to ensure the construction zone is smooth, safe and efficient in preparation for holiday travelling.  

Beginning Tuesday, July 6, work will continue on the Kalispell Bypass – Foys Lake Road Interchange. Drivers will notice concrete pouring around the new tear-drop shaped roundabouts as well as temporary gravel being placed on the new interchange ramps within the work zone. 

In addition, gravel and asphalt paving will be taking place on the northbound ramps. 

As a reminder, after the holiday weekend, the traffic control and configuration will change due to these major construction milestones. Drivers will be directed to new routes via signs and flaggers in order for LHC crews to begin work on new sections of the road. 

Please be extra mindful of flaggers, workers, equipment, and signs around the work zone. Stay safe if you are traveling for the holiday!

June 25, 2021 3:33 PM

This week, on the Kalispell Bypass – Foys Lake Road Interchange, drivers will notice LHC crews completing groundwork on the western tear-drop shaped roundabout. This is in preparation for concrete pouring. In addition, earthwork is also occurring on the northbound off-ramp.

Towards the end of next week, workers will be paving the northbound on- and off- ramp as well as the tie in to Meridian Road. MDT is looking forward to smooth asphalt for commuters! Delays will be similar to past weeks. Please account for at least a few minutes of delay due to reduced speeds through the work zone.

After the holiday weekend, the traffic control and configuration will change due to these major construction milestones. Drivers will be directed to new routes via signs and flaggers in order for LHC crews to begin work on new sections of the road. I’ll continue to keep you updated about any changes in traffic control through these weekly emails. 

MDT reminds drivers to please be watchful of flaggers, workers, equipment, and signs around the work zone. 

District 1 Administrator, Bob Vosen, recently was interviewed on KGEZ about construction projects occurring in the Flathead Valley. He discusses the Kalispell Bypass and other local projects. Here is a link if you are interested in listening!

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 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.  

June 18, 2021 11:28 AM

This week, as the weather has cleared, the ground and materials have dried allowing the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and LHC to make great progress on Kalispell Bypass – Foys Lake Road construction.

 

This week, drivers can expect to see crews continuing to haul gravel on the western roundabout. This is in preparation for concrete being poured here. In addition, workers are beginning initial work to eventually connect the western and eastern tear-drop shaped roundabouts. Lastly, the northbound off-ramp will soon be tied into the configuration as well.

 

In the coming weeks, the traffic control and configuration will change due to these major construction milestones. Drivers will be directed to new routes via signs and flaggers in order for LHC crews to begin work on new sections of the road. Updates are to come.

 

MDT reminds drivers to be watchful of flaggers, workers, equipment and signs as you travel through the work zone. If you are interested in more details about how to drive a roundabout or roundabout reminders, please visit this link.

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 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.