Missoula has identified the extension of Mary Avenue from Brooks Street through the Southgate Mall property and across the Bitterroot Branch rail line to Reserve Street in long range transportation plans for at least two decades. The opportunity to make that extension has never been possible until now. Southgate Mall is in the process of reinventing itself by externalizing the Mall and building a network of streets that connect to surrounding neighborhoods. The Mall project presented the City with an opportunity to make the Mary Street Extension a reality. The portion of the street between Brooks and the railroad tracks currently is being built as part of the Mall project with funding from the MRA.
The plan for modifications to Mary Avenue West from the tracks to Reserve is being developed through an extensive public outreach process involving the residents, businesses and property owners on Mary Avenue and the surrounding neighborhood. The process has involved numerous one-on-one meetings with residents and property owners and two public community design workshops. Through this process the design team has developed a conceptual plan with broad community support. View the Mary Avenue West Conceptual Plan. Upcoming opportunities for public comment on this plan are:
When the conceptual plan has been approved by the MRA Board, the design team will begin preparing construction documents, with a goal of beginning construction in Summer 2017. For more information contact Annette Marchesseault at 406.552.6158.