List of Current Public Works & Transportaton Projects

5-Point Intersections & Corridor Connections Multimodal Traffic Study

5-Point Intersections & Corridor Connections Multimodal Traffic Study

Project Details:

After seeking public input in Sept. 2020, the City of Helena has developed a draft multimodal traffic study to address safety, operations, access, and connectivity needs at the Lyndale Avenue/Montana Avenue/Helena Avenue and Last Chance Gulch/Helena Avenue/Neill Avenue five-point intersections and corridors connecting the Downtown and Midtowne areas of Helena. 

The two five-point intersection have non-standard layouts and geometrics. The configurations can cause driver confusion and impact operating efficiency, particularly during peak hours. Past studies have identified concerns regarding safety, the lack of suitable non-motorized infrastructure, and access to businesses. Improvements to Last Chance Gulch through the Downtown area have also long been discussed. Improvement options and recommendations from past planning documents vary, but in general, they have envisioned Last Chance Gulch as a complete street that accommodates multimodal traffic, integrates green infrastructure and streetscaping, and maintains the existing character of the area.

Recommended improvements are intended to address areas of concern identified through evaluation of transportation and environmental conditions in the study area and to reflect the needs and desires voiced through public and stakeholder outreach. The improvements offer a range of short-term and long-term strategies to facilitate travel within and between the Downtown and Midtowne areas of Helena by supporting modal choice, improving the function and circulation of key intersections, enabling access for disabled individuals, and providing enhanced comfort and visual appeal for all users while minimizing impacts to adjacent properties and land uses, aligning with the community vision, and enabling reasonable, feasible implementation.

 

Upcoming Public Meetings - February 10, 2021

A virtual informational meeting will be held to present recommended improvements, answer questions, and collect feedback. Two meeting times will be offered, starting with a presentation, and followed by a question/answer period. The presentation at each meeting will be identical, and the public is encouraged to attend whichever time is most convenient. 

Five Point Intersections & Corridor Connections Virtual Informational Meeting      

Date: Feburay 10, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM or 5:30 PM

To join the meeting:
Click: http://bit.ly/394aTvD   
Call: 1 (346) 248-7799

Webinar ID: 962 1265 4729
Passcode: 060992
   
For assistance with meeting accommodations, please contact 406-447-5038.

If you are unable to attend, a video recording will be posted to the project website following the meeting.

Public Review Period

The draft Multimodal Traffic Study is posted below for public review. Comments on the draft study are due by Friday, February 19, 2021, to Project Manager Scott Randall by email at srandall@rpa-hln.com, by phone at 406-447-5005, or by mail at 3147 Saddle Drive, Helena, MT 59601.

Project Contacts:

Project Resources:

2020 Chip & Seal

2020 Chip & Seal

2020 Chip & Seal, City Project will add a new wear surface and pavement sealer by applying a single application of asphalt oil followed by spreading a 3/8-inch gravel chip.

Helena Sand and Gravel Inc. was the lowest responsible bidder for schedules; A, Selected N-S Lower West Side City Streets; B, Selected E-W Lower West Side City Streets; C, Selected N-S Knoxville Addition City Streets; E, Airport Road Overlay; F, Gold Rush Avenue Overlay; and G, Tricia Street Overlay.  This project will complete approximately 11 miles of city streets this year.

View the 2020 Chip & Seal map here

Lawrence & Warren Street Intersection

Lawrence & Warren Street Intersection

Project Details:

Realignment of the intersection of Lawrence & Warren Streets to shorten the pedestrian crossing length across Lawrence Street.

Status:

Conceptual Design Phase

Project Contacts:

Public Meetings:

The Helena City Engineering Division will hold a public meeting at 6:00 P.M. on June 25th 2020 to discuss the concept design for the Lawrence & Warren Intersection.  To view the conceptual design for the intersection click here. 

Join the Zoom Meeting:

 

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Meeting ID: 765 329 5652

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If you are unable to make the meeting and would like to submit comments, Please submit them in writing to: City of Helena, Engineering Division, 316 N. Park Avenue, Helena, MT 59623 or by phone at 447-8099 NO LATER THAN NOON June 29, 2020.

 

Westside Water & Sewer Main Extensions

Westside Water & Sewer Main Extensions

The City of Helena Westside project will undergo winter shutdown starting December 2020 and will resume construction in Spring 2021. The contractor will be monitoring and performing maintenance on unpaved streets as needed. Stay up-to-date on project developments. See info below:  

Project Contacts:

Weekly Construction Meeting Details:

Weekly update meetings will resume in Spring 2021. Notice will be provided. 

 

Project Scope: This project consists but is not limited to the following:

  • 10,100 LF 8” PVC Sanitary Sewer Main
  • 38 – 48” concrete manholes
  • 15,300 LF of 8” water main
  • 30 -  fire hydrants

Tentative schedule (dates subject to change):

TBD. Project currently shut down for the winter. 

 

Beattie St. Trailhead and Street Improvements

Beattie St. Trailhead and Street Improvements

Please find information and documents related to this project on the Parks, Recreation and Open Lands documents page.

Front Street and Neill and Fuller Intersection

Front Street and Neill and Fuller Intersection

Project Details:

Reconstruction of Front Street from 16th Street to Neill Avenue including the intersection of Neill and Fuller.  Reconstruction included street scaping, watermain replacement, large diameter storm sewer replacement, a raised intersection at Neill and Front Street, and a tee intersection at Neill and Fuller.

Status:

This project is nearly complete.  Sidewalks and landscaping are being completed in March and chip seal and parking striping will be completed late this summer.

Project Contacts:

Matt Culpo  406-447-8073  mculpo@helenamt.gov

Public Meeting Dates:

None planned at this time.

Downloads:

Preliminary Engineering Report and Contract Documents are available upon request.

Benton Avenue Path

Benton Avenue Path

Project Details:

Project #19-15
Currently, pedestrians and bikers have to navigate this area by a dirt path. This project will improve accessibility for Sunhaven Subdivision residents to the Custer Avenue path. In 2021, the Montana Department of Transportation will connect this path over the railroad tracks to Centennial Trail.

Status:

Under Design

Anticipated Construction Dates: Summer 2020

Project Contacts:

Mark Young, City of Helena, Transportation Engineer

Public Meeting Dates:

Open House: Talk with engineers, see proposed designs, and learn more about this project!
Tower Room, Muni’s Sports Grille, Bill Roberts Golf Course, 2201 N Benton Ave.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Downloads:

Benton Avenue Path Exhibit

Montana & Highland Crosswalk Project

Montana & Highland Crosswalk Project

Project Details:

Project #19-09 
This project has been identified as a "safe passage" project to ensure the safety of students as they travel from the east side of Montana Ave to Jefferson Elementary on South Dakota St. 

Project update as of 03/25/2020: MT & Highlands – Sidewalks have been installed along Highlands fully on the west side of Montana and on the south side of Highlands on the east side of Montana, Helena Sand and Gravel’s tentative start date after winter shutdown weather depending is 3/26/29. The plan going forward is to complete sidewalks along the north side of Highland on the east of Montana. Once completed sidewalks will be installed on the east side of Montana as part of phase three then they will transition to the west side to complete phase four. The Project is planned to be finished towards the end of April. 

Status:

Under Construction

Project Contacts:

Gwen Hein, TD&H Engineering, Project Manager

Mark Young, City of Helena, Transportation Engineer

Public Meeting Dates:

None Scheduled

Downloads:

Project Schematic PDF

Phase 2 TCP and Pedestrian Routes

Phase 3 TCP and Pedestrian Routes

Phase 4 TCP and Pedestrian Routes

Knight Street Sidewalk Project

Knight Street Sidewalk Project

Project Details:

Eight blocks of Knight Street, east of C.R. Anderson Middle School (Cleveland to Benton Ave), has been identified as a “safe passage project” by the City of Helena. City safe passage projects focus on creating pedestrian-friendly infrastructure to support safety and accessibility in areas that lack such assurances. This section of Knight Street is a heavily traveled pedestrian route, especially by students and is without consistent, accessible sidewalks. The proposed project is similar to the federal “safe routes to school” initiative, but due to lack of federal funding, will be funded at the local level.  

Take our Knight Street Survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KnightStreet. This survey is unscientific in nature but is a tool to help us better understand the needs and preferences of the community. Projected time to complete this survey is 10 minutes. By completing a government survey, it is subject to public record laws.

 

Status:

75% Design Complete. Under consideration of City of Helena Commission.

 

Project Contacts:

Ryan Leland – City Engineer, RLELAND(at)helenamt.gov, 447-8433

Paul Montgomery – Anderson-Montgomery Consulting Engineers, paul(at)a-mce.com, 459-8463

Mark Young - Transportation Engineer, myoung(at)helenamt.gov, 447-8099

 

Public Meetings:

September 12, 2019, C.R. Anderson Middle School - Design Presentation

October 16, 2019, City Administrative Meeting - Project Update to City Commission

 

Downloads:

Initial Design at 75% PDF

September 12, 2019 Design Presentation

October 16, 2019 City Administrative Meeting Presentation

Knight Street Project Questions/Comments and Responses

Rodney Street Improvement Project

Rodney Street Improvement Project

Project Details:

City Engineers are accepting feedback on the redesign of Rodney Street. The reconstruction project will address ADA sidewalk ramps at six of seven intersections, updating street lights, as well as updating underground water and sewer mains. This project is a multi-year project spanning between 2020 and 2022.

Phase I - Between Broadway & 9th Avenue (construction spring/summer of 2020)

Phase II - Between 9th Avenue and Helena Avenue (public meetings 2020, construction 2021)

Phase III - phase III will cover two sections of roadway: Helena Avenue to Lyndale Avenue and Broadway to Division Street. (public meetings 2021, construction 2022)

This project also includes the proposed traffic signal removal study at Rodney & 6th Avenue.

Status:

Design Phase

Project Contacts:

Mark Young, City of Helena, Transportation Engineer

Contractor - Consultant: CDM Smith

Public Meeting Dates:

August 6, 2019 at Helena Middle School
August 15, 2019 at Helena Middle School
December 9, 2019 at Helena Middle School
March 5, 2020 Helena Middle School (Auditorium)

Downloads:

Rodney Street Proposed Design at 30%

Rodney Street Questions/Comments and Responses