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Main Street and Airport Road, 2018

The intersection of Main Street and Airport Road is seen from Swords Park.

The Montana Department of Transportation will begin design of a proposed road improvement project around Airport Road and Main Street.

The work will bring wider lanes, median work, curb upgrades, lighting and other improvements, according to a release from the department.

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Main Street and Airport Road, 2018

The intersection of Main Street and Airport Road, with Aronson Avenue in the foreground, is seen from Swords Park on Friday.

The project area is on Airport Road from the Aronson Avenue overpass to Main Street and from Main Street to Bench Boulevard; Main Street from Sixth Avenue North to Lake Elmo Drive; and Aronson Avenue between Alkali Creek Road and Main Street, according to the release.

Billings' Main Street is an oddity when compared to most streets with that name. The street, known to some older residents as Old Highway 312,…

The project is based off a 2016 study of the area by the transportation department. The road work is intended to improve lighting, congestion, traffic signals and compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

There is no listed date for construction yet.

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Main Street and Airport Road, 2018

The intersection of Main Street and Airport Road, with Aronson Avenue in the foreground, is seen from Swords Park on Friday.

The department is taking comments by phone with Billings District Administrator Stefan Streeter at 406-657-0268 or Project Design Engineer Wade Salyards at 406-444 0451. Written comments can be sent to the Montana Department of Transportation Billings office at P.O. Box 20437, Billings, MT 59104-0437.

There is also an online comment form for public input.

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General Assignment Reporter

Reporter for The Billings Gazette.