“Little major project” will reopen popular state highway between Terry and Fallon
Two weeks into the job, with a crew of about eight workers, equipment including two scrapers, two tandem dump trucks, a blade, loader and two excavators — just to name a few — along with several geotechnical engineers on site, “the little major project” of Old Highway 10 is well underway.
“We’re actually ahead of schedule,” Montana Department of Transportation Project Manager Terry Sgrignoli said of the half-mile stretch of highway under construction between Terry and Fallon.
That’s good news for residents who have long awaited the reopening of the popular 10 mile throughway that has been closed since 2011 rainfalls caused erosion of a portion of the road.
Located about 3 miles southwest of Fallon, the $750,000 project will move about 41,000 yards of dirt and lower the grade of that portion of the road by about 10 feet. The reduction in gradient triggered the lengthening of guardrail along a portion of the westbound lane of Interstate 94 neighboring state highway 10, as both roads will now be on the same level.
A drainage system, designed by CDM Smith, a geotechnical consulting firm from Seattle, Wash., is also being installed underneath the road to alleviate the water issue that had originally caused the erosion.
Wickens Construction of Lewistown, Mont., is heading up the project.
The project is expected to be completed mid-May with paving to occur shortly afterwards.
“The intent is to get it opened as soon as we can,” Sgrignoli said.
Published April 9, 2014