SUMMARY OF PAST ACTIVITY
1992 – 1994
US 93, Somers to West of Whitefish Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) considers
alternatives for US 93. The EIS combined several ongoing and planned
projects from Somers to Whitefish, including the Kalispell Bypass.
An Advisory Committee is established to guide the process.
The Kalispell Transportation Plan and Bypass
Feasibility Study issued in October recommends westside bypass around Kalispell.
FEIS recommends western bypass around Kalispell
as preferred alternative.
Record of Decision (ROD) on US 93, Somers to West
of Whitefish approved in November. Alternative B (West Kalispell
Bypass) is included in ROD as the preferred alternative.
MDT identifies six of the projects covered in
the FEIS to begin design work.
MDT begins design on the six projects including
preliminary design for corridor
preservation on the Kalispell Bypass. Several revisions to the
Bypass alignment shown in the FEIS are proposed
based on community input.
US 93 (Montana 40 – South & Grandview North) projects awarded for construction in April.
MDT and FHWA approve right-of-way plans for
the Kalispell Bypass based upon the Corridor Preservation plans. Plans are placed on file at the Flathead County Courthouse in February and right-of-way acquisition begins Designation of Access Highway Resolution.
US 93 (Montana 40 - North) project awarded for construction in June.
US 93 (Somers - Ashley Creek - South) project awarded for
construction in June.
US 93 (Somers - Ashley Creek - North) project awarded for
construction in May.
MDT begins design of the US 93, Whitefish Urban area.
US 93 (Ashley Creek – Kalispell) project awarded for construction
in February Designation of Access Highway Resolution.
In June, MDT begins re-evaluation of the Kalispell
Bypass portion of the 1994 FEIS and begins preliminary design
for the Bypass.
Kalispell Bypass kickoff meeting in June to familiarize community
Kalispell Bypass public scoping meeting in August to identify
Montana Transportation Commission approves Limited
Access Resolution for Bypass in August.
REIS for Kalispell Bypass was signed in July 2006. Environmental impacts were disclosed at the August 2005 public meeting and there have been no new significant environmental issues raised. The NEPA re-evaluation process is completed with signature of the re-evaluation of the Environmental Document.
Public meetings were held in May & July 2006 to discuss the project phasing. MDT selected the first segment for construction in September 2006, based upon community and agency comments and recommendations (MDT Press Release).
The Reserve Loop project constructed 1.2 miles of new four-lane roadway at the Bypass' north end in 2007. The project included the area's first modern roundabout at Stillwater Road. More information can be found on the MDT website's roundabout page.
Right-of-way moves to active acquisition
Project design is changed; to allow staged construction through "interim" projects. Interim projects will build a two-lane road with at-grade access (roundabouts at Airport Road, Foys Lake Road, and Reserve Loop) to match initial project segments to available funding.
Neighboorhood meetings held for noise mitigation discussions.
"Reserve Loop and South Segment set as first construction efforts" The Kalispell City Council, Flathead County Commission and MDT recommended Bypass construction begin with the Reserve Loop and the south segment (US 2 South) (MDT Press Release).
Project design is completed for the bypass section south of US 2. This portion of the Bypass is split into multiple construction segments.
ROW acquisition continues.
US 2 South interim construction was completed in fall 2010. The interim two-lane Bypass between US 93 (south of Four Corners) to US 2, near Appleway Drive, built two-lanes of the future four-lane road. At-grade access at the future Siderius Commons, Airport and Foys Lake Roads is provided through roundabouts. Traffic signals were installed on US 93 and US 2. A new bikepath was built along the length of the Bypass and connects south to the US 93 bikepath leading to Somers.
Final design of Hutton Ranch Road Extension Project is completed. This project will extend Hutton Ranch Road to West Reserve Drive (east of US 93 near the Stillwater River bridge). This road connection can relieve traffic at the future Bypass intersection with US 93 and W. Reserve Drive. A traffic signal will enable access to West Reserve Drive. Acquisition of the necessary R/W is being completed.
MDT continued final right-of-way acquisition and design of interim design options for the north segment.
Hutton Ranch Road Extension awarded to LHC Inc. Construction, to extend Hutton Ranch Road to West Reserve Drive.
Hutton Ranch Road Extension was completed in fall 2012, providing a two-lane roadway with a roundabout into the College lands. Two new signals were installed on West Reserve Drive and on Hutton Ranch Road.
Final design of the four-lane Bypass segment between West Reserve Drive and Reserve Loop is being completed. This segment will be built to the full-build width and will widen West Reserve Drive to a five-lane roadway, just east of US 93. The current signal on US 93 will be upgraded and numerous utility relocations will be required. This connection can ease traffic congestion on US 93 in the commercial developments north of Reserve Loop. Bikepath connections will be installed as part of the project.
MDT is continuing right-of-way acquisition and design of the interim segments between US 2 and Reserve Loop.