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Progress update on the Billings Bypass Project – Brospar Daily News

BILLINGS — After more than a decade of planning, the Billings Bypass project is moving forward. Every day, the city takes a step closer to connecting Billings Heights and Lockwood.

Construction on the Billings Bypass project seems never to end, and for good reason.

“There were various iterations, environmental impact assessments, then design, then construction,” Lisa Olmsted, public engagement manager at DOWL, said Monday.

Led by the Montana Department of Transportation, the project is divided into six parts. The first section is the construction of Wuli Road, which has been completed.

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The Yellowstone River Bridge section, the second part of the project, is nearing completion.

“The Yellowstone River Bridge is closed to the public. The next section, the rail viaduct section, will allow connections,” Olmsted said.

The viaduct is the third segment and will connect to the southeast side of the bridge. Olmsted said construction in that area could begin this year.

“Once this section is completed, there will actually be a temporary connection to Coulson Road,” Olmsted said.

The public will not have to wait for the entire Billings Bypass project to be completed to use the bridge. They just have to wait for the third segment to build.

“This is a big project and it will include a bridge over the railroad and Coulson Road,” Olmsted said.

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The fourth section, the Johnson Lane interchange, is currently in the design stage and construction is expected to start around next year.

“It’s exciting for the community because this will be Montana’s first decentralized diamond intersection,” Olmsted said.

It’s hard to say exactly when the whole project will be finished, but Olmsted hopes to finish it within a year or two after Section 6 is built.

“The final stretch, which will be built north of Mary Street, is scheduled to start in 2026,” Olmsted said.

This road is similar to Rimrock Road, with two lanes and a 45 mph speed limit.

There is a concurrent project that shares the Billings Bypass name. The Billings Bypass Corridor Study was conducted by the City-County Metropolitan Planning Organization.

“We assessed utilities, floodplains, drainage systems,” Olmsted said.

It is essentially a collection of information used to determine the future of the region. You can view the project here Home Page – Billings Bypass Corridor Study.

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“We will be holding a public meeting on corridor research on Thursday, September 8e, Independent schools in the heights,” Olmsted said.

She invites the population to express themselves during this meeting before the documents are finalized and delivered to the City for future development work.

For more information on the Billings Bypass project, visit Billing Bypass | Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) (mt.gov).

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