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Proposed chip seal on US 287
Author: Natalie Stout, MDT Public Involvement Specialist

Proposed chip seal on US 287

Natalie Stout

MDT Public Involvement Specialist

TOWNSEND, TOSTON, and THREE FORKS, Mont. - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to announce and invite the public to comment on a proposal to seal and cover (chip seal) US Highway 287 (US 287), from Townsend ending south of Three Forks. The purpose of the project is to preserve and extend the service life of the roadway.

The first project begins near Elm Street in Townsend, and extends southeast for approximately eight miles, ending near Flynn Lane.

The second project begins one mile south of Toston and extends southwest for approximately six miles, ending south of Hossfeld Lane.

The third project begins south of Three Forks near Hilltop Road and extends for approximately seven miles, ending just north of the US 287 with the Three Forks Frontage Road junction.

Proposed work at all three project locations includes crack sealing, chip sealing, and upgraded pavement markings.

Construction is tentatively planned for 2025 depending on the completion of the design and the availability of funds. No new right-of-way or utility relocations will be needed.

Partnering with the community is an important part of properly planning for future projects. MDT welcomes the public to provide ideas and comments on the proposed project. Comments may be submitted online at http:// or in writing to the Montana Department of Transportation, Butte office, PO Box 3068, Butte, MT 59702-3068. Please note that comments are for projects UPN 10258000, UPN 10259000, and UPN 10260000.

The public is encouraged to contact Butte District Preconstruction Engineer, Dave Gates, at 406-494-9636 or Project Design Engineer, Rebecca Barbula, at 406-444-6227 with questions or comments about the project.