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: