The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), in partnership with Knife River and WGM Group, will update several sidewalk ramps in Whitefish. These updates will increase access for all as ramps are improved to meet current ADA guidelines.
Ramps will be upgraded at the northeast and southeast corners of 6th Street and US 93 and the southeast corner of 3rd Street and US 93. Construction will begin in August and will take approximately two weeks to complete.
Construction will be conducted on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Some sidewalk and side street closures will be necessary to complete the work. Drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to be mindful of sidewalk and traffic changes.
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.
To minimize disruptions, the majority of this work will be conducted at night between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Some sidewalk and lane closures will be necessary as work is completed. Work not requiring lane closures may take place during daytime hours. Drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to be mindful of sidewalk and traffic changes during both day and nighttime hours.
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. Truncated domes alert a pedestrian that 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, but will also offer benefits for users on bicycles, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Locations and Sequence
The Kalispell ADA project will take place in three zones. Each zone is anticipated to be under construction for up to three months, while some sections will take less time. Some overlap is anticipated as one zone is completed and work begins on the next. Access to businesses will remain open throughout construction.
Anticipated to begin in early-June and completed in early-August
Anticipated to begin in late-July and completed in early October
Anticipated to begin in mid-September and completed in late-October
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