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Rouse Ave. now open for two-way traffic

Posted at 12:26 PM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 14:26:03-05

BOZEMAN — Drivers frustrated with roadwork on Bozeman's north side can smile today - The Montana Department of Transportation announced Friday that two-way travel on Rouse Avenue from Main Street to Oak Street is now fully open.

“Road users can now breathe a sigh of relief as we have completed improvements to the roadway, meaning no more major closures on Rouse Avenue,” William Fogarty, Butte District Administrator for the Montana Department of Transportation, stated. “That said, Rouse Avenue residents can expect to see workers on the side of the road this upcoming spring as we put the finishing touches on the Rouse Ave – Main to Oak project.”

Work during the spring of 2021 will include finishing sidewalks, pouring concrete entrances, landscaping, and fully clearing the area of construction equipment. Drivers may see flaggers in place to assist with travel around workers, but no major lane closures are expected. Pedestrians and cyclists should exercise caution when traveling on Rouse Avenue as sidewalks are not fully complete and the newly constructed bike lane may not be fully available as crews work on the side of the road.

The Rouse Avenue – Main to Oak project is a full reconstruction of Rouse Avenue from Main Street to Oak Street. Drivers can now utilize a center turn lane throughout the corridor. Crews also completed a much-needed storm drain replacement, installed two new box culverts – tunnel-like structures – over Bozeman Creek, upgraded several traffic signals and intersections, and rebuilt the multiple layers of the road itself.