Brooks Street from Mount to Higgins
The City of Missoula, in cooperation with the Montana Department of Transportation, will be installing roadway improvements on Brooks Street between Mount and Higgins during this construction season. The construction project includes installation of new curbs, handicapped-accessible corner ramps, drainage improvements, and new asphalt paving.
The initial plans called for preservation of on-street parking and installation of new bike lanes on Brooks Street. They also included widening the road approximately 3 to 4 feet into the boulevard on both sides to allow for installation of new bike lanes.
Concerns about threats to the street trees and the character of the street have caused us to reconsider widening the road. The current project will retain the existing width of Brooks Street. Staff hope to replace approximately 34 dead or dying trees with new trees as part of this project.
Construction on the new curbs will begin soon, but the final painted lane configuration for the street has not yet been decided. Several options with parking lanes, turning lanes, and bike lanes are under consideration. The existing road width on Brooks will accommodate several alternatives, and we want public comment to shape the decision-making. Here are the opportunities:
- May 13: The city Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board will discuss the need for bike lanes on Brooks Street.
- June 2: The City Council Public Works Committee will consider lane configurations recommendations to the full council.
- June 7: The City Council is scheduled to receive the Public Works Committee recommendation for lane configuration.
- Public comment regarding lane configuration can also be sent to public works or to your City Council Representative.
The project will start this spring and will continue for several months. More specific information on the construction schedule will be added as it becomes available.
- May 17, 2010 - Construction begins
- July / August 2010 - Street paving and painting
If you have any questions, please contact Doug Harby at 406-552-6091.