For those who couldn’t quite picture what the Billings bypass will look like once it’s constructed, the Montana Department of Transportation provided a flyover during a Wednesday evening open house.
According to the Final Environmental Impact Statement, the Mary Street Option 2 Alternative, shown in brown, is the preferred alternative for connecting Old Highway 312 with Interstate 90. The purpose of the project is to improve access and connectivity in east Billings.
Work on the first leg of a connecting road between the Heights and the West End is scheduled begin this fall.
Bridge over Yellowstone River
The proposed Billings bypass will not only displace 13 homeowners as it links Lockwood and the Billings Heights with a bridge over the Yellowstone River.
Brent Cathey said some benefits of living where he does -- including a couple of ponds and abundant wildlife -- are hard to put a price on.
The new Billings bypass would run through the front yard and the pasture at Brent Cathey's home at 1705 Mary St.
Brent Cathey talks about the proposed route of the Billings bypass in the Heights. He said the center line of 160-foot right of way for the new road would bisect his driveway.