Some street projects that have been slowing down or diverting traffic in Havre are complete or nearing completion.
A relatively quick project on 5th Avenue was completed Tuesday, while a major repaving effort on the southwestern part of town is expected to be finished in September.
Lori Ryan, public information officer for the Montana Department of Transportation, said the work on 5th Avenue was part of the Montana Division of MDT’s epoxy and painting project.
The work in Havre was down 5th Avenue and continuing south on Montana Highway 234 to Beaver Creek Park.
Other parts of the Havre Division project are 12 miles on Montana Highway 240, the Cleveland Road, south of Chinook; U. S. Highway 2 from the western Hill County line to Gildford; and Montana Highway 449 north of Gildford. Other highways also were striped in Shelby and Cut Bank.
The total estimated cost of the striping projects is $509,062.45.
The major project from the S-curve by Montana State University-Northern, where 10th Street connects with 11th Street, runs west on 11th Street and to the north on 16th Avenue West, is nearing completion.
The streets now are blocked from east of Washington Avenue to 1st Avenue on 11th Street and from north of 10th Street to 2nd Street on 16th Avenue, with access to the Border Patrol patrol station on 16th Avenue now provided from 2nd Street.
Employees of LHC Inc. of Kalispell, which was awarded the $3.35 million contract, are finishing work digging up the old surface of 11th Street, now working near the S-curve, and have completed the storm drains, grading and graveling on most of the street, Ryan said.
Work began this week on pulverizing the existing surface on 16th Street and adding gravel there. Ryan said installation of sidewalks and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps is expected to be completed this week.
Ryan said the paving on 16th Avenue and 11th Street is set to start Aug. 27, and is likely to take about two weeks.
Seeding on the sides of the roads, striping, putting up signs and other final work is expected to take place in September, with the roadways final sealing and covering taking place in 2013.