State transportation officials will hold an open house in Butte on Thursday to talk about a planned project for West Park Street and Excelsior Avenue, which will include new asphalt, new street lighting and replacing some traffic signals.

Officials with the Montana Department of Transportation, in conjunction with Butte-Silver Bow, will field any questions at the open house from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in the foyer of the Mother Lode Theatre at 316 W. Park St. The project is in a final-design stage with construction planned for 2019.

The project has been discussed for several years and will cover West Park Street from Montana Street to N. Western Avenue and Excelsior Avenue from Platinum Street to Caledonia Street.

The purpose is to extend the life of the asphalt surface, update sidewalk corners and improve aesthetics and safety for pedestrians, drivers and bicyclists through updated overhead lighting, traffic signals, signs and pavement markings.

Proposed work includes milling and replacing existing asphalt, updating concrete sidewalk corners with ADA enhancements, replacing non-standard storm drain inlet grates and removing overhead street lights and installing LED lights under a new layout.

Existing traffic signals on Park Street at the intersections of Washington Street and Idaho Street and one at Excelsior and Platinum will be removed, and the current one at Park and Excelsior will be replaced with one that meets ADA standards.

The project also includes changing the existing lane configuration on Park to consist of one parking lane, one bike lane and one travel lane in each direction with a center two-way left-turn lane.

Changes will be made to pavement markings on Excelsior from Platinum to Galena to remove parking on the west side of the street and provide dedicated parking on the east side. Spot replacement of concrete sidewalks and upgrades to all existing traffic signs is also planned.

New right-of-way and relocation of utilities will be required. During construction, drivers, businesses, schools and emergency services should expect short-term impacts including delays and detours.

Besides taking feedback at the open house, written comments about the project can be sent to the Montana Department of Transportation Butte office at P.O. Box 3068, Butte, MT 59702-3068, or online at:  mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml



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