The Montana Department of Transportation has some work slated for north-central Montana highways in addition to starting an environmental impact statement on widening U.S. Highway 2 from Havre to Fort Belknap.
One project started Tuesday to widen Highway 2 to a 40-foot-wide two-lane highway, with 12-foot driving lanes and eight-foot shoulders. That project begins at Chester and runs west 10 miles to Lothair.
Another project on the books is to rebuild Highway 2 into a 40-foot-wide two-lane from the west Hill County border to Chester.
A project off of Highway 2 north of Joplin will extend paving further on the state secondary there.
Work is slated to begin on Beaver Creek Highway south of Havre. MDT Great Falls district administrator Mick Johnson said construction to rebuild the bridge about 10 miles south of Havre will begin this spring. He said he expects the rebuilding of the entire highway, starting at the north edge of the park and running 11 miles south, should go out for bids in late summer or early fall and he hopes initial work will begin as early as August.
MDT is holding a public meeting in Chinook on March 21 to discuss a proposed improvement on Secondary Highway 325 from its intersection with Highway 2 to about 10.4 miles north of Chinook. The improvements include new surfacing and upgrading the road to current safety standards.