Posted: Jun 7, 2013 2:11 PM by Irina Cates - MTN News
MISSOULA - The Montana Department of Transportation is in the preliminary stages of making changes to Interstate 90 off ramps, after seeing a large number of wrong-way crashes.
The improvements will be made on the interstate from the Idaho border to Deer Lodge.
DOT officials say wrong-way crashes are a statewide problem. The wreck near Clinton nearly a year ago, where an 8-year-old boy lost his life, is one of many that prompted them to look for solutions.
"The main things that folks will see are the wrong way signage, do not enter signage on each side of an interstate ramp and then also some additional signing to tell folks don't take a left turn up a ramp, or don't take a right turn up a ramp," says Ed Toavs, DOT District Administrator for the Missoula District.
Toavs says some of the off ramps are better marked than others, but even those might need to be improved.
"Even if you do have some signage up, maybe it's a little outdated, maybe it doesn't have the proper reflectivity on it," Toavs said.
DOT officials hope to start the project later this summer.
"We really need to look at each individual interchange and decide what types of adjustments that we need to make. So that will take our designers a little bit of time, because it's not just a generic one size fits all," Toavs said.
DOT will start the project in the Frenchtown to Bonner areas in the Missoula district, and crews will then work their way to the outlying counties. Officials tell us that public input on the project is welcome.