The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and its construction partner Kiewit will begin reconstruction of about four miles of Montana Highway 83 (MT 83) along the east side of Salmon Lake beginning in March, weather permitting. MDT will host one in-person open house public meeting and one “live” online Zoom meeting, also called a webinar. The project team will present a brief overview of upcoming construction and staff from MDT, Kiewit, and HDR will be available to answer questions. The same project information will be presented in both meetings.
In-person open house public meeting information:
March 20, Monday, 4-6:30 p.m.
Seeley Lake Elementary School
200 School Lane, Seeley Lake
Online Zoom webinar information:
March 22, Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Register in advance for this webinar
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email and meeting reminders with information about joining the webinar.
Are you interested in MT 83 Salmon Lake construction updates?
Starting in March, we will send weekly construction updates via text and email. Contact Lisa Gray to add your phone number and/or email to the contact list.
Call or text: 406-208-0551
Construction updates will also be provided on the project website.
Note: If we already have your email or phone number, you will receive construction updates.
MDT will reconstruct about four miles of Highway 83 beginning in 2022. Roadway safety improvements will:
- Increase visibility
- Widen the highway to include paved shoulders
- Straighten curves and flatten the roadway profile
- Improve existing cut slopes to reduce rockfall hazards
- Create drainage improvements
- Install new signage and guardrail
Tree clearing in the project area will begin late-August 2022. Most of the construction will occur in 2023 with final construction activities wrapping up in the spring of 2024.
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) will reconstruct Highway 83 along the east side of Salmon Lake. The project purpose is to:
- Upgrade the existing roadway to accommodate current and projected motor vehicle traffic
- Better facilitate bicycle travel
- Enhance roadside safety for all users
The project is also needed to address the deteriorating pavement, lack of shoulders, and difficult roadside environment along some segments.
Construction Manager/General Contractor
MDT is using the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) process to deliver this project.
- MDT working with a design consultant, HDR, and the contractor is Kiewit Infrastructure Company
- The project will develop a construction staging plan that preserves access and promotes mobility for residents and traveling public
There are many advantages to CM/GC. For area stakeholders one of the best advantages is that the road contractor hears firsthand about community concerns during construction like keeping the road open for safety (i.e., access for emergency response vehicles, etc.).
Montana's roads and bridges are mainly funded through a combination of federal (88.5%) and state/local (11.5%) funding sources. MDT receives no funding from Montana's general fund revenue. Federal road and bridge revenues are generated from the users of our highways through gasoline and diesel fuel taxes and apportioned to states through federal highway legislation.
Project Area Map
The interactive map depicts the project extents and provides project website links for three separate Seeley Corridor projects, including Clearwater Junction Intersection, Salmon Lake Highway Reconstruction, and Seeley Lake - South. Click on an item in the list and it will zoom to project extents. The Project Website button will redirect to each project's main website. The pop-up map will appear when you click directly on project extents.