BILLINGS — Communication from the Montana Department of Transportation is available to Billings drivers so they can know when to avoid 27th street while the state completes a major construction project on the heavily-used Billings street.
For the past few weeks, people driving in the area of either North or South 27th Street have seen delays and reduced lanes from construction. The good news: once complete, the street will have a host of improvements and new asphalt across its three-mile length.
The project worth $13.6 million is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year, weather allowing, according to a media release from the Montana Department of Transportation.
Improvements include new asphalt, new storm water ponds on the east and west side of 27th near Rimrock Road, replacement of 11 traffic signals, addition of a left-turn arrow for the left-turn lane at North 27th Street and Montana Avenue and upgraded pedestrian signals and ramps to increase accessibility for people with disabilities.
The Montana Department of Transportation offers three types of communication for residents to get updates about where construction is taking place. People can sign up to receive emails and text messages or choose to call a toll-free hot line for information.
Text and email updates are sent out as new information becomes available.
To receive text updates, text the word "27thstreet" to 47177. Sign up for email updates by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. The toll-free construction hot line can be reached at 800-239-8308.