Open house to present draft US 93 Ninepipe Corridor study
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LAKE COUNTY — The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) has developed a study of the US Highway 93 Ninepipe corridor to evaluate the feasibility of improvements to the Ninepipe segment. The 4.5-mile study corridor extends from Gunlock Road to Brooke Lane near the Ninepipe and Kicking Horse Reservoirs.
Environmental documentation, completed in 2008, identified a preferred alternative and determined it would improve traffic flow and safety for vehicles and pedestrians while minimizing impacts to natural resources. The current feasibility study evaluated the benefits, impacts, challenges, costs, and overall feasibility associated with the preferred alternative and two modified concepts that were developed based on current information for the corridor. The study is a collaborative process between MDT, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), resource agencies, stakeholders, and the public.
MDT is hosting an in-person open house meeting to provide an overview of the study process and summarize findings from the study. At the open house meeting, attendees will have an opportunity to view exhibits, speak with study representatives, ask questions, and provide comments about the study. The event will be held at the Ninepipes Lodge Banquet Room at 69286 Highway 93 on Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 4-7 p.m.
Additionally, MDT is hosting a virtual informational event on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 12-1 p.m., which will include an overview of the same information provided at the in-person event. To attend the virtual event, registration is required at: https://www.mdt.mt.gov/pubinvolve/us93ninepipe/
An important part of properly planning for future projects is partnering with the community. The Montana Department of Transportation welcomes the public to provide comments on the draft study, now available at: https://www.mdt.mt.gov/pubinvolve/US93Ninepipe/
Comments may be submitted online at: http://www.mdt.mt.gov/contact/comment-form.aspx or by contacting Vicki Crnich at 406-444-7653 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that comments are for the US 93 Ninepipe Corridor Feasibility Study.