Transportation Projects

Sidewalk Projects

Ivy & Franklin Streets Infrastructure Project Phase 1

Location:  Both sides of Ivy and Franklin Streets, from 4th Street W to Plymouth Street

Description: The Ivy & Franklin Streets project will create a complete multi-modal connection from the south end of the Lewis and Clark neighborhood through Rose Park to the Riverfront neighborhood. This route serves as a Neighborhood Greenway, providing a safe, comfortable, and convenient connection to the trail network and the California Street pedestrian bridge.

 Phase 1 of the project will:

  • construct new curb, gutter, and sidewalk where none exists;
  • replace hazardous, deteriorated, and non-ADA compliant curb, gutter, and sidewalk;
  • install curb-bulb outs at certain intersections;
  • install traffic calming circles at certain intersections;
  • plant boulevard trees (likely the year after the surface construction is completed).

Sidewalk Assessment Notification Process 

Benefits:  This project will provide safe, convenient, and accessible facilities for people of all ages and abilities to walk and bike, as well as drive along safer, calmer corridors. The completed project will better manage stormwater and drainage. It will more fully establish appropriate on-street parking and add to the urban forest. This project not only serves adjacent neighborhoods but also provides for cross-city travel as a central connection in our Neighborhood Greenway network.  

Project Dates:  The project is currently at 90% design. The City expects construction to begin in 2024, depending on budget and current bidding environment.

Public Meeting:  A virtual public meeting was held on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at 6 p.m.: Meeting Recording.

Plan Sheets

Next Steps:  City Staff and their consultant will continue developing design documents and working with individual property owners about any potential challenges to construction. Please review the Sidewalk Notification Process, located at the top of this webpage, for a more thorough explanation of the steps associated with this type of project.

  1. Letter #1 was mailed to affected residents on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023. 
  2. The project was presented to City Council during the Public Works Committee meeting on Nov. 15, and was approved by the full Council on Nov. 27.
  3. Letter #2 was mailed to affected property owners on Dec. 7, 2023, via certified mail. These letters provide for each property the estimated construction quantities required, the resulting engineer's cost estimates, the City's funding contribution, and the estimated final cost. Information on payment and funding options for the balance after the City contribution is also provided in the letter.
  4. Project details will be finalized, and then it will go out to bid in the spring of 2024. Property owners will then receive Letter #3 with cost estimates based on actual bid prices.

Additional Information:  Sidewalk Projects Overview 

Project Contacts:  Brandt Dahlen, Surface Project Coordinator, at dahlenb@ci.missoula.mt.us or 406-552-6087; or Ben Weiss, Senior Transportation Planner, at weissb@ci.missoula.mt.us or 406-552-6352

Transportation Safety Projects

The City of Missoula Transportation Safety Team (TST) includes planners, engineers, and Street Maintenance Division staff who meet regularly to improve safety and operations for people walking, biking, and driving. Major improvements like new traffic signals, roundabouts, bike lanes, and travel lanes are typically addressed through large-scale projects included in the annual Community Investment Program. When appropriate, TST refers traffic safety concerns on local streets to the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP), which analyzes the data for these concerns and determines potential solutions.

To report a traffic safety issue, please fill out our Traffic Safety Concern Form.

Lewis & Clark Neighborhood Traffic Management

Location:  Kent Ave. from Maurice to Bancroft, Park St. from Mount to Pattee Creek, and the general area bounded by Mount Ave., S. Higgins, Pattee Creek, and Bancroft. 

Description:  The City of Missoula is proposing to install a series of traffic calming circles, bulb outs, speed humps, and stop signs to manage speeds, reduce cut through traffic, address limited sight distances at intersections, and promote biking and walking. Specific proposed locations are as follows:

  • Circles:  Park/Burlington, Park/Kensington, Park/Sussex, Park/Dearborn, Kent/Lester, Kent/Queen, Central/Thames, Central/Hollis, Sussex/Lester
  • Stop Signs:  North/Queen, North/Hollis (both), North/Thames (both), North/Lester, Central/Queen, Central/Lester, Sussex/Queen, Sussex/Thames
  • Bulb Outs:  Kent/Gerald, Kent/Park
  • Speed Humps:  Benton/Queen, Benton/Hollis

Benefits:  This project will further establish the Neighborhood Greenway (NG) network, of which Kent Ave. and Park St. are two of the highest priority routes. Benton Ave. is also on the NG network due to its connections to Sentinel High School, Lewis & Clark Elementary, Dornblaser Field, and by extension of the Lewis & Clark trail to Gerald Ave., another top priority NG. This project builds on previous traffic calming efforts in the neighborhood and ties into other Transportation Projects: Ivy/Franklin Sidewalks and the Kent/Central connection through Tremper's Shopping Center (see project information above and below on this web page).

Project Area Map and Proposed Features (pdf)

Project Dates:  We hope to install as soon as possible, likely late August – early September, weather and materials dependent.

Public Meetings:  Two virtual public meetings were held on Thursday, July 27. Links to video recordings of the meetings are provided below:

11:45 a.m. meeting          5:15 p.m. meeting

Contact:  Ben Weiss, Senior Transportation Planner, at WeissB@ci.missoula.mt.us or 406-552-6352

Alder Street Traffic Calming — Project Follow Up

In 2022, we reconfigured Alder St. by converting parallel parking to angled, installing bulb-outs, crosswalks, and other traffic calming measures, and switching the direction of a stop sign. The goal of this project was to lower speeds, reduce crashes, and mitigate parking loss from the Spruce St. bike lane project. Join us to learn about data collected and to share your experiences.

Meeting—In Person:  Tuesday, February 6, 2024, from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. at Goodworks Ventures, 129 W. Alder St. 

—Virtually:  Register for the Teams meeting at http://tiny.cc/AlderSt

Meeting recording link

Contact:  Ben Weiss at 406-552-6352 or WeissB@ci.missoula.mt.us