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terms are onfavorable."

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ern sale, Gannon Lold how the
separalionaf Touch America
from MontfliJfl Power Is
JmporianT far the future for
Touch America so we will
continue to examine whatcv -
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ID SLicceasfuhy separate
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Montane Power Co." Horth-
Western is buying Muniara
Power's gas and eleclrJcity
dlstKhuiton and iran^miflAioD
buslneas and will keep the
MFC name.

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of MFC, will emerge a* ila
own buainesa, while Montana
Power will coniinue to be an
eJectrictly and natural gas
iransmlsaion and disiribuiioii
companyr

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Power has no plan in place
other Than upTlons d had con-
sidered earlier — apmning off
Touch America, splitting off
Touch America or having an
Initial price offering UPO).

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avenue of separation is the
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holders, for our employees



and Cor the sLaie of Montana,
bul ii's not the only way,"
Gannon said.

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another analyst about Ihe
3D02 propose J referendum lo
slnke down House Bill 47^, a
controvei^ial law passed by
Ihe 70DI Legislature fbat,
among other things, guaran-
teea Muntana Puwer Co. full
cost recovery of any poiver
supply purchnae cosls.

Gannon said ailhough ihe
referendum had been in the
news, ballol issues are com-
mon In Moniand, and any pos'
atble vote on the liB^.^ refer-
endum wag a long time away.
At least three other ballot
measures have been pro-
posed.

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ple who think it's a good idea
Ito approve jc], there are a lot
of people who think il would
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jequenccs," he said

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positions on ballol
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The Montana Departoifeit of TVanspOirtatit^,
Lewis and Clark County and Robert Pecck and.
Associates invite you to a puBic meeting to -
^scuss and commeaaon^ identified, ;i ;■"
alternatives for the "propose reccmsEructicm^df V
Montana Secondary Hi;^m^43®,Cffl^eo^ft^
Road. The prqmsed recbflSmit^on is ^r^^e:^'
Water Treatment Plant east to the intejiieijli^
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The Montana Department of Transportation,
Lewis and Clark County and Robert Peccia and
Associates invite you to a public scoping meeting tOien
discuss and determine the issues for the proposed '^^,
reconstruction of Montana Secondary Highway 430,
Canyon Feny Road. The proposed reconstruction i3(^'?
frcfip the Water Treatment Plant east to the ;:;J

in^Jsection of Spokane Creek Road. Reconfiguratiaa
of^tfie Canyon Ferry Road/Spokane Creek Road
inj^rsectibn will be considered in this project.

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We invite you to voice your comments and
concerns about the project. For more information or
to arrange special accommodations for disabilities
cali494-9600 or 1-800-335-7592.

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Open House:

4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

and

Presentafion/nii potion & Answer

7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. , •

R.H. Radley Elementary School Gymnasiui^
226 East Cliiiton
East Helena, Montana



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* Canyon FertY Road Reconstruction Project - Project Newsletter - Issue No. 1 : October 2001



Project Newsletter - Issue No. 1: October 2001



For furthier information or to
be placed on the mailing
list, please contact:

Tom Cavanaugh, RE.

Consultant Project Manager

■ Robert Peccia and Associates
P.O. 60x5653
825 Custer Avenue
Helena, MT 59604
(406)447-5000

■ FAX: (406) 447-5036
[email protected]

Jason Giard, RE.

I Administrator, Butte District

■ Montana Department of
Transportation

3751 Wynne

P.O. 60x3068

Butte, MT 59702-3068

(406) 494-9600 or

1-800-261-6909

■ FAX: (406)494-4396



Other opportunities available for you to
become involved with this project are
discussed below.

□ RPAstaff may be contacted at any point
in the process and are available to meet
informally withi you to answer questions
about the project.

G Project information will be posted on
RPA's website (www.rpa-hln.com).

□ Other project newsletters will be
distributed at key points in the process.

□ The EA will be circulated for review and
comment.

□ A public hearing will be held after the EA
is distributed for comment.

□ One-on-one contacts will be held with
property owners along the highway to
discuss right-of-way and access
management issues.




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Canyon Ferry Road needs to be reconstructed due to the safety concerns
associated with the present roadway, its deteriorated condition, the
continuing traffic increase, and to be more compatible with the type of
development that has and will likely occur along the route. The existing
highway dates to the 1970s when a 24-foot-wide paved surface was
installed over the old gravel road. Other than asphalt overlays and patches
and the addition of minor safety features, no major improvements have
been done to Canyon Ferry Road since it was paved.

continued on next page



VCanyon FertY Road Reconstruction ProJE



Project Newsletter - Issue No. 1: October 2001



I



continued from previous page



I



Applying asphalt overlays provides
a temporarily smooth driving surface
but does not correct tlie road's basic
design problems. The lack of
shoulders and turning lanes, steep
roadside slopes, and poor sight
distance due to sharp curves and
hill-crests are key design
deficiencies that must be corrected.
m Additionally, the present road lacks
I facilities for pedestrians and
I bicyclists to safely travel within the
^^TQject corridqE,_j

Who's Involved With The
Project?

Canyon Ferry Road was nominated
for reconstruction by Lewis and
Clark County. Therefore, MOT will
work closely with the County
Commissioners and other staff over
the duration of this project. MDT will
administer the design and
construction of the highway
improvements. Once the project is
built, MDT would also maintain the
road.

Robert Peccia and Associates
(RPA), a consulting engineering firm
from Helena, has been hired by
MDT to complete design activities
and develop the required
environmental document. RPAwill
coordinate the project with other
interested agencies including; the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the
Montana Department of
Environmental Quality, the Montana
Department of Natural Resources
and Conservation, the Montana
Department of Fish, Wildlife and
Parks, and the Helena Valley
Irrigation District.

Public input will also be asked for
and used to guide the development
of the Canyon Ferry Road
improvements. Meetings and
presentations will be held to help
MDT, the County, and RPA
understand issues important to local
residents, business owners,
highway users, and interested
persons. This information will
determine the scope of analysis for



the project's environmental
document, and will help guide the
project's development. Periodic
reviews of completed work will allow
the public and involved agencies to
help refine the design for Canyon
Ferry Road.

What's the Current Status of the
Project?

The project is just beginning. In
recent months, you may have seen
land surveyors, utility locators, and
crews doing soil boring along
Canyon Ferry Road. These workers
are in the process of documenting
current conditions and developing
detailed mapping of existing
features needed for future design
activities. Environmental specialists
have already completed field work
to help assess potential effects on
wetlands, biological and cultural
resources, and noise levels.

RPA is also just beginning work on
an Environmental Assessment (EA).
The EA must be prepared to comply
with the National Environmental
Policy Act (NEPA) and the Montana
Environmental Policy Act (MEPA).
These Acts require federal and state
agencies to consider reasonable
alternatives and assess the possible
impacts of their actions on the
environment. The Canyon Ferry
Road EA should be fully completed
before the end of 2002.



What Might the "New" Canyon
Ferry Road Look Like?

The proposed improvements to
Canyon Ferry Road will address
the present road's design
deficiencies. However, the specific
elements that will make up the
design for the new road have not
yet been established. The highway
engineers and planners working on
the project are considering a
variety of design features including:

D 4' to 8' foot-wide Paved
Shoulders. The width of the
shoulder to be provided
depends greatly on traffic
volumes and developments
adjacent to the highway. Wider
shoulders are preferable in the
more developed area between
the beginning of the project and
Lake Helena Drive.

□ Turning Lanes. Additional turn
lanes may be appropriate at
some intersections with high
numbers of turning vehicles. A
continuous center Two-Way-
Left-Turn Lane (TWLTL) may be
desirable in more densely
developed areas with many
closely spaced approaches.

D Traffic Signals. Studies will be
completed to determine if major
intersections like Wylie Drive
and Valley Drive warrant the
installation of traffic signals.



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Personal Landowner Contacts.
Newsletters and Updates




























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Ready Project for Construction




























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□ Curb and Gutter. It may be
desirable to include curb and
gutter along the edge of the new
road to contain its width and
control storm drainage through
developed areas of the corridor.
Curb and gutter may be
beneficial in reducing right-of-
way needs by eliminating the
need for roadside ditches. It
could also lessen impacts on
adjoining properties and
minimize the need for utility
relocations.

D Pedestrian and Bicycle
Facilities. The design for the
new road may also include
sidewalks for pedestrians,
widened shoulders for bicyclists,
or a multi-use path.

D Limited Access Control.

Controlling access points to the
road would help alleviate traffic
conflicts and provide for more
uniform traffic flows. Access
control may involve adjusting
approach locations for safer
alignments, eliminating
unnecessary approaches, and
combining multiple approaches.

These preliminary design features
will be discussed at the first public
meeting. We would like your
comments on these design features
or other design ideas you feel
should be examined during the
development of this project.

Will New Right-of-Way Be
Required?

Key design considerations for this
project (particularly in the more
densely developed part of the
corridor) are to minimize additional
right-of-way acquisition and utility
relocations. Over much of the
project area, the current right-of-way
is only 60 feet wide and
underground and overhead utilities
exist next to the road. New right-of-
way will likely be needed in
developed areas if the road is
widened to include paved
shoulders, turn lanes and other
provisions.

East of Lake Helena Drive, the new
road would likely be a "rural" design



with flatter roadside slopes and
ditches along the highway. Sharp
curves on Canyon Ferry Road
would also be eliminated in this area
and the location of the road may
change slightly. The intersection at
Canyon Ferry Road with Spokane
Creek Road also needs
modifications. These changes
would require substantially more or
entirely new right-of-way. Right-of-
way needs won't be known until we
hear your input, and roadway
design features and its future
alignment are set.




When Would Canyon Ferry Road
be Rebuilt?

Current expectations are to have
any necessary right-of-way
acquired, and construction plans
ready in late 2005. Actual
construction would probably not
start until 2006. However, this date
is dependent on the scope of the
project and the availability of funds.
Funding projections show the
project may have to be built in two
phases. The first phase would
rebuild the road from the Water
Treatment Plant to or slightly
beyond Lake Helena Drive. A
second phase would reconstruct the
road east of Lake Helena Drive
probably sometime after 2006.



We Need Your Help!

What is your vision for Canyon
Ferry Road? How would you like to
see the road improved? How would
improving the road benefit or harm
our community? What should the
new road look like? What issues
along the Canyon Ferry Road and
connecting roads concern you?
Your answers to these types of
questions will help us Identify the
most appropriate design and
associated improvements to this
important travel corridor.

We can best understand your
points of view if you choose to
actively participate in the
development of this project. We're
providing several ways for you to
participate in the development of
the project and offer your
comments.

The most obvious way is to attend
one of several public meetings that
will be held. Our first public
meeting will be held on
November 14, 2001 at the R.H.
Radley elementary school
gymnasium in East Helena. An
informal open house is scheduled
for 4-6:00 p.m. A presentation will
be held at 7:00 p.m. followed by a
question and answer session. Staff
of MDT, RPAand Lewis and Clark
County will be on hand to discuss
the project's current status, to listen
to your concerns and suggestions,
and to answer questions.




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VCanyon FertY Road Reconstruction ProJE



Project Newsletter - Issue No. 1: October 2001



I



continued from previous page



I



Applying asphalt overlays provides
a temporarily smooth driving surface
but does not correct tlie road's basic
design problems. The lack of
shoulders and turning lanes, steep
roadside slopes, and poor sight
distance due to sharp curves and
hill-crests are key design
deficiencies that must be corrected.
m Additionally, the present road lacks
I facilities for pedestrians and
I bicyclists to safely travel within the
^^TQject corridqE,_j

Who's Involved With The
Project?

Canyon Ferry Road was nominated
for reconstruction by Lewis and
Clark County. Therefore, MOT will
work closely with the County
Commissioners and other staff over
the duration of this project. MDT will
administer the design and
construction of the highway
improvements. Once the project is
built, MDT would also maintain the
road.

Robert Peccia and Associates
(RPA), a consulting engineering firm
from Helena, has been hired by
MDT to complete design activities
and develop the required
environmental document. RPAwill
coordinate the project with other
interested agencies including; the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the
Montana Department of
Environmental Quality, the Montana
Department of Natural Resources
and Conservation, the Montana
Department of Fish, Wildlife and
Parks, and the Helena Valley
Irrigation District.

Public input will also be asked for
and used to guide the development
of the Canyon Ferry Road
improvements. Meetings and
presentations will be held to help
MDT, the County, and RPA
understand issues important to local
residents, business owners,
highway users, and interested
persons. This information will
determine the scope of analysis for



the project's environmental
document, and will help guide the
project's development. Periodic
reviews of completed work will allow
the public and involved agencies to
help refine the design for Canyon
Ferry Road.

What's the Current Status of the
Project?

The project is just beginning. In
recent months, you may have seen
land surveyors, utility locators, and
crews doing soil boring along
Canyon Ferry Road. These workers
are in the process of documenting
current conditions and developing
detailed mapping of existing
features needed for future design
activities. Environmental specialists
have already completed field work
to help assess potential effects on
wetlands, biological and cultural
resources, and noise levels.

RPA is also just beginning work on
an Environmental Assessment (EA).
The EA must be prepared to comply
with the National Environmental
Policy Act (NEPA) and the Montana
Environmental Policy Act (MEPA).
These Acts require federal and state
agencies to consider reasonable
alternatives and assess the possible
impacts of their actions on the
environment. The Canyon Ferry
Road EA should be fully completed
before the end of 2002.



What Might the "New" Canyon
Ferry Road Look Like?

The proposed improvements to
Canyon Ferry Road will address
the present road's design
deficiencies. However, the specific
elements that will make up the
design for the new road have not
yet been established. The highway
engineers and planners working on
the project are considering a
variety of design features including:

D 4' to 8' foot-wide Paved
Shoulders. The width of the
shoulder to be provided
depends greatly on traffic
volumes and developments
adjacent to the highway. Wider
shoulders are preferable in the
more developed area between
the beginning of the project and
Lake Helena Drive.

□ Turning Lanes. Additional turn
lanes may be appropriate at
some intersections with high
numbers of turning vehicles. A
continuous center Two-Way-
Left-Turn Lane (TWLTL) may be
desirable in more densely
developed areas with many
closely spaced approaches.

D Traffic Signals. Studies will be
completed to determine if major
intersections like Wylie Drive
and Valley Drive warrant the
installation of traffic signals.



Anticipated Schedule






























TASK


o


o

■d
o






CM

d
—J






<


03

in








in

(J
O




Scoping/Data Colleclion































^1


^1


Public Scoping Meeting





























Analysis of Alternatives





^


^


^




















Meeting To Discuss Alternatives










*


















Prepare EA Document






r~






1


^














Agency/Public Review of EA

















^













Public Hearing on EA


















+










Revise and Complete EA


















^


^H


^






Personal Landowner Contacts.
Newsletters and Updates




























l_




























Finalize Project's Design
Ready Project for Construction




























k









□ Curb and Gutter. It may be
desirable to include curb and
gutter along the edge of the new
road to contain its width and
control storm drainage through
developed areas of the corridor.
Curb and gutter may be
beneficial in reducing right-of-
way needs by eliminating the
need for roadside ditches. It
could also lessen impacts on
adjoining properties and
minimize the need for utility
relocations.

D Pedestrian and Bicycle
Facilities. The design for the
new road may also include
sidewalks for pedestrians,
widened shoulders for bicyclists,
or a multi-use path.

D Limited Access Control.

Controlling access points to the
road would help alleviate traffic
conflicts and provide for more
uniform traffic flows. Access
control may involve adjusting
approach locations for safer
alignments, eliminating
unnecessary approaches, and
combining multiple approaches.

These preliminary design features
will be discussed at the first public
meeting. We would like your
comments on these design features
or other design ideas you feel
should be examined during the
development of this project.

Will New Right-of-Way Be
Required?

Key design considerations for this
project (particularly in the more
densely developed part of the
corridor) are to minimize additional
right-of-way acquisition and utility
relocations. Over much of the
project area, the current right-of-way
is only 60 feet wide and
underground and overhead utilities
exist next to the road. New right-of-
way will likely be needed in
developed areas if the road is
widened to include paved
shoulders, turn lanes and other
provisions.

East of Lake Helena Drive, the new
road would likely be a "rural" design



with flatter roadside slopes and
ditches along the highway. Sharp
curves on Canyon Ferry Road
would also be eliminated in this area
and the location of the road may
change slightly. The intersection at
Canyon Ferry Road with Spokane
Creek Road also needs
modifications. These changes
would require substantially more or
entirely new right-of-way. Right-of-
way needs won't be known until we
hear your input, and roadway
design features and its future
alignment are set.




When Would Canyon Ferry Road
be Rebuilt?

Current expectations are to have
any necessary right-of-way
acquired, and construction plans
ready in late 2005. Actual
construction would probably not
start until 2006. However, this date
is dependent on the scope of the
project and the availability of funds.
Funding projections show the
project may have to be built in two


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