Russell Street construction is underway and making significant progress. Next week, June 18-22, the River Road closure at the Russell Street intersection will be re-opening. The existing Russell Street paved detour route will be in effect until August. This is a shift in lane configurations on Russell. Two-way traffic continues to flow.
Milwaukee Trail underpass construction and excavation will be ongoing through the end of the week.
Please follow all posted detour signage for safe travel through the construction area.
For Milwaukee Trail users, detours for the trail system continue to be in effect. All pedestrian traffic will be completely restricted north and south on Russell between Dakota and Wyoming while the Milwaukee excavation is taking place.
Shoring will last for the rest of the week and should be moving from the area by Friday, June 15. Shoring is the process of temporarily supporting the ground around areas where deep excavations are taking place. Shoring occurs before beginning excavation so that surrounding soils will not collapse into the excavated space during excavation for the Milwaukee Trail and pedestrian undercrossing. To place the shoring, large pieces of metal are pounded into the ground to act as temporary walls. The depth is determined and calculated by an engineer depending on the depth of the excavated space and the weight of the soil behind the shoring. For example, on the Milwaukee Trail, the arches for the tunnels require 19 feet of excavation below ground, but the shoring will be driven in up to 40 feet per the project engineer. This is the construction activity causing currently noise.
Once this shoring is complete, the noise local residents are experiencing should be significantly reduced; similar to what was previously occurring with general construction noise. We apologize for the disruption this is causing and truly thank all for their patience as we build this connection through the heart of Missoula.
Shoring operations will then be moved to the north side of the existing bridge location in two weeks. Noise will be increased in this area but will be more sporadic than constant during work hours.
As a reminder, all can use Mountain Line for safe travel through the construction area. Both Mountain Line and UDASH have consolidated bus stops during construction. Mountain Line has moved stops to Wyoming Street and First Street. UDASH buses do not operate during the University of Montana summer break. UDASH buses will resume service on Monday, August 27.
As construction season moves forward, we host a public Q&A session every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army in Missoula. This is an informal opportunity to stop by to ask questions about any of the projects in the Missoula urban-area, including Van Buren, Russell or ADA improvements.
The project web cam now installed and running. Please click the following link to see the progress: http://www.montanadotwebcams.com/static/s14latest.jpg.
More information is also available on the project webpage: http://www.mdt.mt.gov/pubinvolve/russell/. Texting updates are also available. To register text “RUSSELL” to 41411.
Big Sky Public Relations on behalf of the Montana Department of Transportation.