What will be built next?
The next segment anticipated for construction is the 1/2 mile connection between Reserve Loop and W. Reserve Drive/US 93, east of Glacier High School. The Department is seeking 2013 construction funding for this project. top
Who decides what segment will be built next?
MDT decides what segment will be built next, based upon recommendations from the City of Kalispell, Flathead County and their representative Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC). top
What will happen at the intersection with Two Mile Drive?
Two Mile Drive will cross above (overpass) the Kalispell Bypass, with no connections between the two roads. The new bike path will provide links between Two Mile Drive and the new (Kalispell Bypass) bikepath, which will link south to Somers and north to US 93. A roundabout at this location was considered in 2011 but did not provide continuous Bypass traffic flow; or land or costs savings. Because the public indicated equal support for an overpass or a roundabout, the Department retained the original recommendation for a Two Mile Drive overpass. top
Why don’t you relocate (move) the Bypass…. to connect to US 93 further north?
The EIS recommended and the Record of Decision (ROD) confirmed the Bypass alignment which connects at West Reserve Drive. The REIS has evaluated the new design features and what has changed in environmental impacts. Changing the location of the bypass is not an option. top
Will pedestrian and bicycle paths be provided along the bypass?
Yes, there will be sidewalks or pedestrian/bicycle paths along the entire length of the bypass. top
How will pedestrians and bicyclists cross the Bypass corridor? Including children?
Pedestrians will be accommodated at all overpasses/underpasses, signalized intersections and roundabouts. Pedestrian underpasses are being planned in Section 36 (north end) and have been installed near Sunnyside Drive. top
Why build roundabouts?
A roundabout provides traffic control with slower speeds and reduces the delay typically experienced at traffic signals, especially during non-peak hours. Roundabouts reduce the number of vehicle conflict locations (compared to a typical 4-way intersection) from 32 to 8 vehicle/vehicle and from 24 to 8 vehicle/pedestrian conflicts. Roundabouts have been shown to reduce the number of traffic crashes and also reduce the severity of crashes; due to the slower speeds required for traveling through a roundabout. top
How do I drive a roundabout?
1. SLOW DOWN Driving speeds in roundabouts are 15 mph or less.
2. LOOK TO THE LEFT Traffic flows in a counterclockwise direction. Yield to vehicles in the roundabout. They have the right-of-way.
3. STAY RIGHT Enter the roundabout and stay to the right of the center island. Do not stop if the way is clear. Never pass or overtake another vehicle after entering a single lane roundabout.
4. TRAVEL AROUND THE CIRCLE Travel around the circle until you reach your desired street, use your right-turn signal and exit the roundabout.
When entering and exiting, watch for and yield to pedestrians in or waiting at the crosswalk. top
Why is Noise Mitigation planned or not/planned for certain areas?
Noise mitigation (frequently noise walls) funded with highway dollars can only be installed in areas that were identified for mitigation in the environmental document. MDT also recognizes that adjacent landowners need to support the concept of noise walls, if they are to be built. Meetings were held with adjacent landowners to discuss impacts and possible mitigations. top
Will there be any additional access between 3 and 4 Mile Drives?
The project intent is to not allow any access. The existing Parkridge Drive will connect to Stillwater Drive, but dead-end at the Bypass. top
How much traffic will the Bypass pull away from Downtown Businesses? How will this impact the Businesses?
One of the primary goals of the Bypass is to help the Downtown by relieving traffic congestion. The Kalispell Bypass is a limited access facility which will minimize the commercial impact to Downtown Kalispell. This concept has the support of the City and County. top