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January 2024

Design activities on the Russell Street project from Dakota to Mount Avenue, as well as for West Broadway Street between Mullan Road and Toole Avenue, are continuing.

Internally, the project team has been working toward the completion of environmental assessment work and an updated traffic report. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and the City of Missoula are partnering to define upcoming project priorities.

Updates will continue to be provided as the project progresses. If you have questions, please email Shae at shaeXYZbigskypublicrelationsABCcom. Our project hotline is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 406-207-4484. Please visit the project webpage for more information.

Don’t Crowd the Plow!

While driving, be on the lookout for snowplows and give operators room to work. Many plows are hit by private vehicles each winter, with the potential to cause harm to all parties involved. The plow truck and operator are taken out of service immediately following an incident.

Drive safely this winter and keep these tips in mind:

  • Don’t pass a plow when the TowPlow is deployed. The operator will periodically rotate the TowPlow back in line with the truck to allow vehicles to pass.
  • Be aware that, where there is one plow working, others may be nearby. The snow cloud created by one plow may obscure the presence of additional plows in adjacent lanes.
  • When approaching a snowplow from the rear, reduce speed immediately.
  • When approaching an oncoming plow, don’t crowd the centerline.
  • Be patient. Plow operators know where they can pull over to let vehicles pass, but remember, the road in front of the plow is likely not as clear as the road behind it.

MDT has tools to help plan for conditions so you can reach your destination safely. See plow safety information and winter driving tips here. Current construction information, width restrictions, and road conditions throughout Montana can be found at