BUTTE – Roadwork began along portions of Excelsior and West Park streets in Butte that will include resurfacing the streets and improving sidewalks at the intersections.
“This will be a very good project and we think the public will enjoy the nice roadway to ride on and the safety of the sidewalks when they’re all complete and ready to go,” said Jeff Ebert of the Montana Department of Transportation.
The $3.5 million project was awarded to White Resources in Butte and it is overseen by the Department of Transportation.
“This is paid through funds that the Department of Transportation and Butte-Silver Bow get from the federal government. It’s roughly 87 percent federal funds and 13 percent state match,” said Ebert.
One major change will occur on West Park Street, where they’re going to reduce it from four lanes to just three lanes with the middle one being designed as a turn lane.
“So that people can make left turns out of the stream of traffic, they don’t have somebody rushing up behind them or having to cross in front of two lanes of traffic coming at you,” said Ebert.
The two traffic signals on West Park at Idaho and Washington streets will also be removed and replaced with pedestrian signals.
The project is expected to take all summer and should be completed by November.