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State officials seek public comment on downtown Billings railroad crossing

Posted at 4:15 AM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:49:22-04

BILLINGS – The Montana Department of Transportation will hold an open house seeking public comment about the railroad crossing at North 27th Street in Billings.

On April 29, MDT will hold two open houses in the Billings Public Library’s Community Room.

The first session will run from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The second will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

MDT wants to hear public comment to develop short-term and long-term solutions for traffic at the North 27th Street railroad crossing.

According to a release from MDT, a 2016 study identified the crossing as a high priority for the department.

MDT will now conduct a more specific study to consider “traffic operational and engineering analysis, safety, railroad coordination, bicycle/pedestrian facilities, Americans with Disabilities Act needs, environmental issues, geometric considerations, right-of-way, utilities, stakeholder input, and impacts to adjacent buildings and businesses.”

Project team members will be on hand to answer questions and show displays.

If you can not make the open house, written comments can be mailed to the Montana Department of Transportation Billings office at P.O. Box 20437, Billings, MT 59101-0437. Comments can also be submitted online.