Transportation Projects

Sidewalk Projects

Ivy, Franklin & Park Streets Infrastructure Project Phase 1

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

Description: The Ivy, Franklin & Park 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 30% 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.  

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.

North 3rd Street West at Grand AvenueN 3rd St Design Map

Location:  On N. 3rd St. W. on the west side of the Grand Ave. intersection

Description:  Proposed "quick build" project to install curb extension bulb-outs and paint the crosswalk on this side of the intersection to provide traffic calming at this location. The bulb-outs will be constructed with paint and plastic bollards, which provides an opportunity for the neighborhood to add artwork to the area inside the bollards (see map). Signage will also be installed to direct traffic back to I-90 for those who end up in the neighborhood by mistake.

Benefits:  The intent is to improve safety by reducing speeding, cut-through traffic, and crashes. 

Project Dates:  Work is expected to start in early July, weather permitting, and should only take a day or two to complete.

Other Information:  

Area Map

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