Montana Department of Transportation

Active Project

Rouse-Oak / Story Mill

For the week of June 26:

Work on the Milestone is coming to an end as crews prepare to begin paving the area near and around the railroad crossing on North Rouse Avenue this week. Knife River strongly recommends planning additional travel time and/or using alternate routes, as traffic delays will be longer during the paving process. Sidewalk installation continues to take place in the first section of the Rouse-Oak to Story Mill Road project, as curb placement is now complete.

During road construction on the Milestone, work hours have been adjusted to 5am to 9pm and traffic has been reduced to one lane both day and night. All traffic in the work zone is being controlled by both temporary traffic lights and flaggers and will last for the next week, weather permitting, or until work around the railroad crossings has been finished.

Drivers are advised to please plan additional travel time, please watch for flaggers and remember that fines do double in work zones.

Entrances and Side streets on Rouse Ave:

  • The Cannery District entrance off of Rouse Avenue will remain closed during the Milestone work but the entrance off of Oak Street is open and available.
  • Bond Street will remain closed at Rouse Avenue during the Milestone work but access for all businesses and residents on Bond will be available via Bryant Street.

Access for all businesses and residents adjacent to the project will be available and drivers are advised to plan additional travel time, expect delays and, when possible, use alternate routes.

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Questions or concerns may be addressed to Steve Baeth at 406-388-6832. To sign up for weekly email updates on the Rouse-Oak / Story Mill project, please submit a request .

Join us:

There will be scheduling meetings for the Rouse-Oak Project taking place once a month at 1804 North Rouse.

The meetings will be open to the public and offer a chance to discuss progress and get answers to questions about the project from members from Knife River and MDT.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 18th at 11am.

Work Schedule

Crews will work Monday through Friday from approximately 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (with the exception of the duration of the Milestone work when hours will be adjusted to 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.) For the duration of the Rouse-Oak to Story Mill Road Project, traffic may occasionally be reduced to one lane, which may create short delays, increased traffic, temporary loss of access and detours for adjacent residents and businesses. Drivers are advised to please plan additional travel time, please watch for flaggers and remember that fines do double in work zones.

Project Overview

Headed by general contractor, Knife River, work on the Rouse-Oak / Story Mill Bozeman project restarted on Tuesday, April 11.

Construction of this project began on November 16, with minor exploratory excavation and utility location and continued through mid December. The project then shut down for the winter and was scheduled to resume beginning to mid April.

The project will extend on Rouse Avenue from Oak Street north to Story Mill Road and includes multiple improvements, such as widening the road as well as adding a turning lane from Bond Street to Story Mill Road. There will also be the addition of new bike paths, sidewalks and landscaping. Additionally, Knife River will install a new storm drain system, water system, and sanitary sewer system as part of the project.

The overall goal of the Rouse-Oak / Story Mill Bozeman project is to develop a roadway better suited to meet the needs of the Bozeman community. The anticipated completion date for the Rouse-Oak / Story Mill Bozeman project is October 2017, weather permitting.

For the duration the Rouse-Oak / Story Mill Bozeman project, Knife River recommends using alternate routes and encourages drivers to plan additional travel time, especially from 7:00 am to 6pm, as there will be traffic delays during these times.