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Knife River will update several pedestrian crosswalks near the Flathead County Courthouse. Existing crossings will be upgraded to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) will be installed at six crossings to alert drivers when pedestrians are waiting to cross the street. These are push-activated lights that flash when someone is looking to cross the street, gaining the attention of drivers that they should slow down and stop for those crossing.

Construction will be completed in two phases. The first phase will begin in early June and will take approximately two weeks to complete. A timeline for the second phase is undetermined but will take place later this year when materials become available.

Construction will be conducted on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to be mindful of sidewalk closures and lane shifts.

Project Overview

Through the Kalispell ADA project, the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), in partnership with Knife River and WGM Group, will update several sidewalk ramps in the Kalispell area to meet current ADA guidelines.

The project team will install updated ramp devices, called truncated domes. These devices are metal plated with raised bumps and are easily detected by a cane or foot and alert a pedestrian when they have reached a street corner.

Ramps at street corners, known as curb cuts, make it easier for wheeled devices to transition from the street to the sidewalk. These ramps will ensure greater access for individuals with disabilities and will also offer benefits for bicyclists, those pushing strollers and carts, or operating a hand truck.

Weekly updates will be provided throughout construction. To sign up for weekly updates, please send an email to kristineXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom.

Kalispell ADA

ADA updates in all zones indicated below were completed in 2021.

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