New detour routes on Russell Street, driving delays expected

MISSOULA - Expect delays and detours on Russell Street and West Broadway for the next three weeks as some turn lanes at the intersection will be closed for construction.

For three weeks starting April 15, lane reductions and detours will cause delays near the major intersection with West Broadway.

MDT District Construction Engineer Bob Vosen said it's to make room for temporary traffic lights as crews work to transition roads to the new bridge. 

Roughly half of Russell Street bridge is complete. Temporary traffic lights will be added while crews build intersection improvements and close off some left turn lanes. 

"It's probably gonna add a little congestion to that intersection because we're going to be reducing those dedicated left turn lanes," Vosen said. "So that's obviously is gonna change how traffic flows through that intersection."

Some of the major changes include:

  • No right turn onto Broadway for northbound drivers on Russell who plan to head towards downtown. 
  • A lane closure for drivers heading east on Broadway, looking to take a right turn onto Russell. 

Vosen said by May crews will swap traffic onto the new bridge. 

Detour routes will be marked. You can see a map of the detours here. Click "April Detour Maps."

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