HELENA — Here are some major state highway projects that already have begun or will be started this year, according to state Transportation Director Mike Tooley.
-- The bid will be let in July for a Belgrade east interchange that will provide more direct access to Gallatin Field. It’s funded by a combination of a federal grant and county and state money. Estimated cost: $30 million.
-- A project on U.S. Highway 212 from Rockvale to Laurel to make U.S. Highway 212 safer, including construction of an overpass at the railroad tracks south of Laurel. Estimate cost: $50 million.
-- A project in Helena on Benton and Lyndale/Euclid to improve the intersection with new curbs, gutters and sidewalks and adding a right turn lane for westbound traffic on U.S. Highway 12. Estimated cost: $1 million.
-- A multiyear project near Belt on Montana highways 200 and 3 and U.S. Highways 87 and 89 to replace some older bridges. Estimated cost: $12 million.
-- A multiyear project on Highway 16 between Glendive and Sidney involving highway improvements and reconstruction. Estimated cost: $19 million.
-- A multiyear project to reconstruct and change some of the grades and corner at an interchange near Butte on interstate 15 and 90. Estimated cost: $8 million.
-- A project to put an overlay on Interstate 90 between the Bonner and Clinton interchanges near Missoula. Estimated cost: $2.9 million.
-- Continued work on the Kalispell bypass on the north end of U.S. Highway 93. Estimated cost: $8 million.