Walking in Missoula

Sidewalk Installation

In 2016, the City of Missoula adopted an updated Complete Streets Policy (PDF) via Resolution 8098 (PDF) to increase the usability of all streets for all modes of travel. Sidewalks are an important component of this plan, contributing to safe pedestrian travel. The Draft Master Sidewalk Plan (PDF) establishes a strategy for the systematic completion, repair and upgrade of the city sidewalk system.

Sidewalk Maintenance

Walking means fewer cars on the road, less air pollution, and provides healthy exercise. To keep our neighbors walking year-round, sidewalk maintenance is essential. 

Property owners are responsible for maintaining the sidewalk adjacent to their property. This includes repairing damaged sidewalks, as well as keep them clear of snow, ice or other impediments for safe and convenient foot travel. Missoula Municipal Code 12.16 details the responsibilities of property owners to maintain their sidewalks.


Pedestrian Safety

  • Everyone is a pedestrian
  • Everyone is entitled to cross the street safely
  • Montana law requires motorists to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
  • A crosswalk exists at every intersection in each direction whether marked or not

Snow Removal

Missoula Municipal Code 12.16.030 requires residents to clear sidewalks of snow and ice by 9 a.m. the morning following a snowfall. If property owners do not clear their sidewalks, the city may have the sidewalks cleared at the property owners' expense.

◦Snow removed from sidewalks or driveways may not be deposited in the road, including bike lanes, parking lanes, and driving lanes.

◦To protect vulnerable new sidewalks, wait two years before applying deicing agents other than sand or other non-corrosive materials.

◦To report sidewalks that have not been cleared, call 406-552-6630 or fill out the Sidewalk Snow/Ice Complaint Form.