BILLINGS – Traffic will be disrupted starting June 17 on Interstate 90 from the West Billings interchange to about 10 miles west of Hardin, according to the Montana Department of Transportation.
Work will be completed the week of July 1, weather permitting. Anticipated work hours are Monday through Friday, as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 9 p.m. with ancillary work extending beyond these hours.
Speed limits will be dramatically reduced in the work zone; signage will direct single-lane traffic, and flaggers will be present during active work.
Motorists are encouraged to plan for an increased travel time of up to 30 minutes during the week of June 17 through the week of July 1. Alternate routes are advised.
Extreme weather conditions in Montana create timing challenges for chip seal projects.
“Conditions for chip sealing have to be just right – not too hot, and not too cold, or the seal won’t fully set,” said Ted Thronson, district construction engineer for MDT’s Billings district. “With the weather in mind, MDT works alongside the contractors on the job to minimize the impact on travelers, especially during busy summer months.”
Motorists are reminded to watch for work crews and equipment as well as signs indicating reduced speed limits. Posted limits are enforced until signs indicate that the work zone has ended. Fines double in work zones when workers are present. Find additional information on Work Zone Safety at www.mdt.mt.gov/visionzero/people/workzones.shtml [mdt.mt.gov].
For the latest construction and weather reports, please dial 511 or visit www.mdt511.com [mdt511.com] for the hearing impaired, the TTY number is (406) 444-7696 or 1-800-335-7592.