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Jun 19, 2012 9:31 AM by Amanda Venegas - Q2 News

New lane aims to help traffic flow in the Billings Heights

BILLINGS - There are some new changes for commuters passing through the Billings Heights.

The roadway from 4th Ave. N. onto Main St. has now become three lanes. The road was formerly a two-lane thoroughfare, but it's been re-striped to allow more lanes of traffic to go into the Heights. The chip and seal project is part of the Bench Connector project.

Council member Denis Pitman says the new lane will help reduce the traffic buildup going into the Heights, but he does offer some words of advice for drivers.

"The biggest caution right now is as you're coming down 4th Ave., is you're going to have to stay in your lane as you make that left hand turn because there are going to be three lanes of traffic turning. So you can't be in the far lane and make it extra wide. You're actually going to have stay in the designated lanes," said Councilman Denis Pitman.

Construction crews have to put up some additional signage along the route to complete the project.
The Bench Connector is expected to be open Tuesday.

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