MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), in cooperation with Dawson and Richland Counties and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), initiated a corridor planning study between Glendive and Fairview on MT Highway 16 (MT 16) and MT Highway 200 (MT 200).
A corridor planning study is a planning-level assessment of a study area occurring before project-level environmental compliance activities under the National and Montana Environmental Policy Acts (NEPA / MEPA). The corridor study process is designed to determine what, if anything, can be done to improve the corridor and to facilitate a smooth and efficient transition from transportation planning to environmental review and potential project development. The process involves conducting a planning level review of safety, operational, and geometric conditions and environmental resources within a corridor to identify needs and constraints. The process also allows for early coordination with members of the public, resource agencies, and other interested stakeholders. This planning process is distinct from a NEPA / MEPA environmental compliance document or any design, right-of-way acquisition, or construction phases that occur during project development.
The study area is illustrated in Figure ES-1 and includes approximately 60 miles of the MT 16 / MT 200 corridor beginning at Reference Post (RP) 0.6 just north of the I-94 Interchange in Glendive and extending northeasterly to the intersection of County Road 123 (RP 50.4) south of Sidney. The study resumes at Sidney’s northern city limit boundary (RP 52.6) north of the MT 200 intersection with Holly Street, and extends northeast on MT 200 to the Fairview city limits (RP 62.5). The study excludes areas within the city limits of Glendive, Sidney, and Fairview and extends one-half mile on each side of the highway centerline throughout the corridor.
The study area is located within the area of influence of the Bakken formation, which is currently experiencing a boom in oil development. The study addresses traffic and safety concerns resulting from increased regional traffic volumes largely associated with oil industry growth.
About the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT)
“MDT’s mission is to serve the public by providing a transportation system and services that emphasize quality, safety, cost effectiveness, economic vitality and sensitivity to the environment. “