Local firm lands interchange contract

Oftedal to begin work next March
By Ashley Roness Star Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Plans have changed for the proposed Broadus Interchange project with the start of the construction delayed until March 2019. The work will be conducted by a local company.

The project will cost an estimated $15-$17 million, which includes intersection improvements and structure replacements.

According to Chris Puyear of Strategies360, Oftedal Construction of Miles City won the bid for the project at $15,580,734. Other bidders included Century Companies of Lewistown and Riverside Contracting of Missoula.

The project will be completed in three stages.

The first stage is slated for March to November 2019 and will include the replacement of the eastbound bridge and ramps along with the installation of the southern roundabout.

The second stage will be from March to November 2020 with the replacement of the westbound bridge and ramps along with the installation of the northern roundabout.

The final stage is set for October to November 2020 for the landscaping and clean-up, and the removal of the bridge crossovers.

The interchange will remain fully functional during construction and South Haynes Avenue will remain open to two-lane traffic during the majority of construction. There will be temporary lane closures throughout the process.

According to the Montana Department of Transportation, those who are traveling east or westbound on I-94 should expect reduced speed limits and single-lane traffic during the bridge replacements.

Detour and delay information can be found at www.mdt.gov/travinfo/construction.shtml.

According to MDT, roundabouts have been shown to decrease the number of fatal accidents by 90 percent, reduce injury crashes by 75 percent and reduce overall crashes by 37 percent.

(Contact Ashley Roness at starnews@midrivers.com or 406-234-0450.)