You know the old joke about how Montana has two seasons, right? Winter and Road Construction season. Monday morning as I hopped on the interstate for my daily commute from Laurel to Billings, it instantly became clear that we had officially kicked off Road Construction Season in Montana.

Michael Foth, TSM
Michael Foth, TSM
loading...

What are they doing?

From Zoo Drive Exit 446 to Exit 437 (the Laurel T/A truckstop exit), I-90 is currently necked down to just one lane in both directions. In my experience this week, traffic still seems to be flowing fairly smoothly, with some slowdowns occasionally occurring during heavy traffic times and at on and off ramps. The speed limit is currently down to 55 MPH on the stretch between Laurel and Billings. Here's what the project entails, according to the Montana Department of Transportation.

This project will resurface I-90 from the Mossmain Interchange (East Laurel) to the West Billings Interchange (King Ave). This will include a mill and overlay, signing, striping, and guardrail. The 56th Street West bridges will be widened to full width.

 

Concrete median barrier rail along the weigh station will be replaced with taller concrete barrier rail. Three intersections at the West Billings Interchange will receive signal upgrades and ADA ramp upgrades. Traffic will be switched to two-way traffic via crossovers while the bridges are being widened.

KBUL NEWS TALK 970 AM & 103.3 FM logo
Get our free mobile app
Michael Foth, TSM
Michael Foth, TSM
loading...

Expect orange cones everywhere around Billings this summer.

The $20.5 million highway construction project was awarded in 2022. While it's currently not impacting commute times very much between Laurel and Billings, I would anticipate longer delays as the project moves forward this summer. For many commuters, the Frontage Road will likely become a valid option for running back and forth to Billings from Laurel. Another option for many Laurel residents will be on the backroads to the West End. Eleven active road construction projects are currently listed on the MDOT website for the Billings area, so get ready for another exercise in driving patience this summer.

7 Celebrity Weddings in Montana

There are plenty of celebrities who have visited Montana recently, and sure, there are lists of celebrities who have made their home here, but what about the celebrities who plan their special day in the Big Sky State? Here’s a list of celebrity weddings that occurred in Montana, as well as one we’re not sure about, and one that had to change locations. 


Wow! Best Life Hacks for Spring Cleaning

Spring is here! Time to deep clean our space. We put together a list of spring-cleaning life hacks to help keep Billings green, and your life decluttered.  

More From KBUL NEWS TALK 970 AM & 103.3 FM