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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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* 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.




Map Nol To 5a\e



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



Canyon FertY Road Reconstruction Project - Project Newsletter - Issue No. 2: March 2002



Project Newsletter - Issue No. 2: March 2002



I



To Contact Us

If you know of a neighbor or friend who is
also interested in the Canyon Ferry Road
Reconstruction Project, please have them
contact us to be put on the mailing list. In
addition, project newsletters can be
viewed at the Consultant's website of
www.rpa-hln.com Feel free to contact us
with questions by:

- Sending us a letter;

- Calling either the Consultant or Montana
Department of Transportation's Project
Manager;

- E-mail or;
,-FAX

Your comments are welcomed at any
time!




Contact the consultant's project
manager, or the Department of
Transportation's project manager at:

Tom Cavanaughi, RE.

Consultant Project Manager
Robert Peccia and Associates
PO. Box 5653
825 Custer Avenue
Helena, MT 59604
(406) 447-5000
FAX: (406) 447-5036
[email protected]

Jason Giard, P.E.

Administrator, Butte District

Montana Department of

Transportation

3751 Wynne

PO. Box 3068

Butte, MT 59702-3068

(406) 494-9600 or

1-800-261-6909

FAX: (406) 494-4396



We're working
towards the next
public meeting,
we'll keep you
posted!



This newsletter was prepared by
Robert Peccia and Associates,
consulting engineers contracted
by the Montana Department of
Transportation for the design of
this highway project, and
development of its environmental
document.




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Canyon FertY Road Reconstruction Project



The Existing Road Looks Like Tiiis



EUsUnfl Rlght-of-Way WIdlh = 60'




The existing highway lacks turn
lanes. The addition of turn lanes
would provide a safe area for
turning vehicles. Steep roadside
slopes and no shoulders present
hazardous conditions for motorists
who leave the roadway.



A Conceptual Design Being Considered For Rural Area:
Possible Three-Lane Highway with Dedicated Turn Lanes



your raadskte fence ^tji




Enistlng Righl-of-Way Width = W
IE



12'

^ Turn Lang ^



^ Travel Lane^



Shoiildec



1



This conceptual road section is
being considered in the rural areas
and areas of less roadside
development. This section would
provide widened shoulders, flatter
roadside ditches and turn lanes
where warranted.



r Present location of
yoLir roadside fence



,1 10'


. ID'Dilth .


^n ?


K P



not to scale



B-j



vaftes



*/=///=



A Conceptual Design Being Considered For Developed Area:
Possible Three-Lane Highway (With Turn Lane)
And Curb And Gutter



Present location of
your roadside fence



1



Present location of -
your roadside fence



Existing Rlght-of-Way WidHi = 60'




This conceptual road design would
include curb and gutter. Curb and
gutter is a treatment commonly
used to reduce the amount of new
right-of-way needed in developed
areas. The need for roadside
ditches would be eliminated but
expensive buried pipes with outfall
ditches would be required to convey
runoff.




i//-/ff^-X



mullHise palh



Option B?

5' sidewalk nexl ^
[Q curb (either or
bcttk sides)



Option D?

fl' (or wider) M
niultl-use path



Possibilities for Roadside
Features Include:

F Option A -Do Nothing?



. Option C?

5' sidewalk separated
t>y 5' boulevard
[or wider?
[eilher or bolli sides]




■- 5'"i l!l=lll^lli
Sidewalk



Robert Peccia S Associates - Highways Division



Project Newsletter - Issue No. 2: Marcli 2002



WhatYou'veToldUs

To date, we've received over 100 comments by
phone, letter, e-mail, and feedback about project
issues fronn our first project meeting.

Based on what we've heard, the issues or design
considerations most important to this project are:

B The current Travel Speed is too high for the
amount and type of development between Wylie
and Lake Helena Drives. Motorists should be
encouraged to drive slower by including traffic
calming measures.

c The need for safe Bicycle travel must be
addressed.

c The existing highway is dangerous for

pedestrians. Sidewalks or Paths should be
included in the area between Wylie and Lake
Helena Drives.

G Your landscaping is important. It is not

necessarily a question of cost to replace, but the
time to develop mature landscaping in this
climate.

c Curb and Gutter is favored to reduce the overall
construction width in the developed area between
Wylie and Lake Helena Drives.

c Consider improving safety for Mail delivery and
retrieval. Sidewalks would allow residents to
safely approach their mailbox and widened
shoulders would allow for safer mail delivery.
Relocating mailboxes into clusters at turnouts or
pullouts away from traffic would also enhance
safety.

c The addition of Turn Lanes at major intersections
and conflicting access points are a good idea.

c Improving major intersections by installing
Signals or constructing modern Roundabouts

should be examined.

c If project funding is limited, make the first priority
the reconstruction of the Spokane Creek Road
intersection and the segment between Wylie and
Lake Helena Drives.

c Improvements to the Spokane Creek Road
intersection will not be easy due to the level of
existing development, multiple access points, and
rolling terrain. There is no suitable "quick fix" to
solve the problems.



What We've Been Doing



We're moving forward with the project's design. We've
completed detailed traffic analyses throughout the
project. This will help us identify locations for turn
lanes and other traffic improvements. Mapping and
surveying required for our future design plans have
been done. Fieldwork to identify cultural resources,
wetlands and other biological resources has been
finished. This work is necessary for our environmental
assessment and preliminary design activities. This
information, along with your comments will be
considered as we develop and analyze various design
options.

Working Towards Another Meeting

We're working towards holding a meeting in April to
receive your input on the design ideas being
considered. However, our progress on laying out the
options for the corridor will dictate when we've
reached the appropriate point to present this material
to you. We'll present new displays showing greater
detail of the treatments being considered, and how the
proposed reconstruction may affect you. We'll inform
you of the meeting's time, date and location by
another newsletter. Advertisements of the meeting will
also be published in the Helena Independent Record.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Lool( For A Newsletter on Access
Management

Another newsletter is in the works. It will discuss how
this project will implement Access Management to
help deal with problems of traffic congestion and
accidents. The goals of access management are to
make the road safer, function more efficiently, and
provide a highway system that better serves local and
commuter traffic.

Access management along Canyon Ferry Road may
affect your access by:

c combining approaches where possible,
c eliminating unused and/or unnecessary

approaches,
c moving adjacent property approaches to connect

with other roads,
c considering right turn in and right turn out only on

some approaches, and
c limiting construction of new approaches.



Civil, Transportation, Environmental Engineers



Canyon FertY Road Reconstruction Project



The Existing Road Looks Like Tiiis



EUsUnfl Rlght-of-Way WIdlh = 60'




The existing highway lacks turn
lanes. The addition of turn lanes
would provide a safe area for
turning vehicles. Steep roadside
slopes and no shoulders present
hazardous conditions for motorists
who leave the roadway.



A Conceptual Design Being Considered For Rural Area:
Possible Three-Lane Highway with Dedicated Turn Lanes



your raadskte fence ^tji




Enistlng Righl-of-Way Width = W
IE



12'

^ Turn Lang ^



^ Travel Lane^



Shoiildec



1



This conceptual road section is
being considered in the rural areas
and areas of less roadside
development. This section would
provide widened shoulders, flatter
roadside ditches and turn lanes
where warranted.



r Present location of
yoLir roadside fence



,1 10'


. ID'Dilth .


^n ?


K P



not to scale



B-j



vaftes



*/=///=



A Conceptual Design Being Considered For Developed Area:
Possible Three-Lane Highway (With Turn Lane)
And Curb And Gutter



Present location of
your roadside fence



1



Present location of -
your roadside fence



Existing Rlght-of-Way WidHi = 60'




This conceptual road design would
include curb and gutter. Curb and
gutter is a treatment commonly
used to reduce the amount of new
right-of-way needed in developed
areas. The need for roadside
ditches would be eliminated but
expensive buried pipes with outfall
ditches would be required to convey
runoff.




i//-/ff^-X



mullHise palh



Option B?

5' sidewalk nexl ^
[Q curb (either or
bcttk sides)



Option D?

fl' (or wider) M
niultl-use path



Possibilities for Roadside
Features Include:

F Option A -Do Nothing?



. Option C?

5' sidewalk separated
t>y 5' boulevard
[or wider?
[eilher or bolli sides]




■- 5'"i l!l=lll^lli
Sidewalk



Robert Peccia S Associates - Highways Division



Project Newsletter - Issue No. 2: Marcli 2002



WhatYou'veToldUs

To date, we've received over 100 comments by
phone, letter, e-mail, and feedback about project
issues fronn our first project meeting.

Based on what we've heard, the issues or design
considerations most important to this project are:

B The current Travel Speed is too high for the
amount and type of development between Wylie
and Lake Helena Drives. Motorists should be
encouraged to drive slower by including traffic
calming measures.

c The need for safe Bicycle travel must be
addressed.

c The existing highway is dangerous for

pedestrians. Sidewalks or Paths should be
included in the area between Wylie and Lake
Helena Drives.

G Your landscaping is important. It is not

necessarily a question of cost to replace, but the
time to develop mature landscaping in this
climate.

c Curb and Gutter is favored to reduce the overall
construction width in the developed area between
Wylie and Lake Helena Drives.

c Consider improving safety for Mail delivery and
retrieval. Sidewalks would allow residents to
safely approach their mailbox and widened
shoulders would allow for safer mail delivery.
Relocating mailboxes into clusters at turnouts or
pullouts away from traffic would also enhance
safety.

c The addition of Turn Lanes at major intersections
and conflicting access points are a good idea.

c Improving major intersections by installing
Signals or constructing modern Roundabouts

should be examined.

c If project funding is limited, make the first priority
the reconstruction of the Spokane Creek Road
intersection and the segment between Wylie and
Lake Helena Drives.

c Improvements to the Spokane Creek Road
intersection will not be easy due to the level of
existing development, multiple access points, and
rolling terrain. There is no suitable "quick fix" to
solve the problems.



What We've Been Doing



We're moving forward with the project's design. We've
completed detailed traffic analyses throughout the
project. This will help us identify locations for turn
lanes and other traffic improvements. Mapping and
surveying required for our future design plans have
been done. Fieldwork to identify cultural resources,
wetlands and other biological resources has been
finished. This work is necessary for our environmental
assessment and preliminary design activities. This
information, along with your comments will be
considered as we develop and analyze various design
options.

Working Towards Another Meeting

We're working towards holding a meeting in April to
receive your input on the design ideas being
considered. However, our progress on laying out the
options for the corridor will dictate when we've
reached the appropriate point to present this material
to you. We'll present new displays showing greater
detail of the treatments being considered, and how the
proposed reconstruction may affect you. We'll inform
you of the meeting's time, date and location by
another newsletter. Advertisements of the meeting will
also be published in the Helena Independent Record.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Lool( For A Newsletter on Access
Management

Another newsletter is in the works. It will discuss how
this project will implement Access Management to
help deal with problems of traffic congestion and
accidents. The goals of access management are to
make the road safer, function more efficiently, and
provide a highway system that better serves local and
commuter traffic.

Access management along Canyon Ferry Road may
affect your access by:

c combining approaches where possible,
c eliminating unused and/or unnecessary

approaches,
c moving adjacent property approaches to connect

with other roads,
c considering right turn in and right turn out only on

some approaches, and
c limiting construction of new approaches.



Civil, Transportation, Environmental Engineers



Canyon FertY Road Reconstruction Project - Project Newsletter - Issue No. 2: March 2002



Project Newsletter - Issue No. 2: March 2002



I



To Contact Us

If you know of a neighbor or friend who is
also interested in the Canyon Ferry Road
Reconstruction Project, please have them
contact us to be put on the mailing list. In
addition, project newsletters can be
viewed at the Consultant's website of
www.rpa-hln.com Feel free to contact us
with questions by:

- Sending us a letter;

- Calling either the Consultant or Montana
Department of Transportation's Project
Manager;

- E-mail or;
,-FAX

Your comments are welcomed at any
time!




Contact the consultant's project
manager, or the Department of
Transportation's project manager at:

Tom Cavanaughi, RE.

Consultant Project Manager
Robert Peccia and Associates
PO. Box 5653
825 Custer Avenue
Helena, MT 59604
(406) 447-5000
FAX: (406) 447-5036
[email protected]

Jason Giard, P.E.

Administrator, Butte District

Montana Department of

Transportation

3751 Wynne

PO. Box 3068

Butte, MT 59702-3068

(406) 494-9600 or

1-800-261-6909

FAX: (406) 494-4396



We're working
towards the next
public meeting,
we'll keep you
posted!



This newsletter was prepared by
Robert Peccia and Associates,
consulting engineers contracted
by the Montana Department of
Transportation for the design of
this highway project, and
development of its environmental
document.




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Canyon Fertv Road Reconstruction Project - Project Newsletter - Issue No. 3: May 2002



Project Newsletter - Issue No. 3: May 2002



To Contact Us

If you know of a neighbor or friend
who is also interested in the
Canyon Ferry Road Reconstruction
Project, please have them contact
us to be put on the mailing list. In
addition, project newsletters can be
viewed at the Consultant's website
of www.rpa-hln.com Feel free to
contact us with questions by:

- Sending us a letter;

- Calling either the Consultant or
Montana

Department of Transportation's
Project Manager;

- E-mail or;
-FAX

Your comments are welcomed at
any time!



Contact the consultant's project
manager, or the Department of
Transportation's project manager at:

Tom Cavanaughi, P.E.

Consultant Project Manager
Robert Peccia and Associates
P.O. Box 5653
825 Custer Avenue
Helena, MT 59604
(406)447-5000
FAX: (406)447-5036
[email protected]

Jason Giard, P.E.

Administrator, Butte District

Montana Department of

Transportation

3751 Wynne

PC. Box 3068

Butte, MT 59702-3068

(406) 494-9600 or

1-800-261-6909

FAX: (406) 494-4396



r



The Next Public Meeting

Please join us at the next public
meeting! This meeting will be to
discuss the alternatives
identified, and the preferred
treatments to reconstruct Canyon
Ferry Road and the Spokane
Creek Road intersection.
I
Meeting Date: Monday June 3, 2002

Where:

R.H. Radley Elementary School

226 East Clinton

East Helena, MT

Wtien:

4-6:00 pm Open-House

7:00 Presentation

Until 9:00 Open For Questions and

Discussion.









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Canyon Ferty Road Reconstruction Project



Project Newsletter - Issue No. 3: May 2002



What is Being Considered For
The Reconstruction of Canyon
Ferry Road?



Canyon Ferry Road is a unique highway, made up of
connected, yet different segments. The highway
passes through both urban-lil<e and rural settings
which may require different treatments to address the
current highway's problems.



Beginning Of Proiect to Wylie Drive

The beginning of the project at Walter Drive will tie
into the new segment recently completed. The new
highway's top paved width at that location will match
with what was just constructed, consisting of two 12-
foot travel lanes and two B-foot shoulders. From that
point east. Canyon Ferry Road will likely be widened
to accommodate a 14-foot center left turn lane, or a
center Two Way Left Turn Lane (TWLTL). The center
turn lane will aid motorists to safely turn onto such
approaches as Tizer Road or Baldy Drive. The 8-foot
shoulders will accommodate the occasional bicyclist
or pedestrian, and provide a safety area for an
occasional broke-down vehicle.



Presenf location of - ...^ [*
yaiir roadside fence ijl



=\W^\\



Xl



, lie Drive to Lake Helena Drive

■ People have commented during this project's scoping process that the greatest
concern in this developed area is to minimize the new highway's width and
additional right-of-way needs. Additional right-of-way will be required, but the
goal is to minimize by recommending reconstruction to be the least width while
maintaining desired safety improvements (turn lanes) and roadside amenities
(sidewalk). In order to achieve the many needs, concrete curb and gutter wi
likely be built in this segment to contain the width of the new road. In addition,
the present consideration is to reduce the previously recommended 8-foot
shoulder to 5-foot. A center TWLTL is highly recommended in this segment to
allow motorists to safely turn into their driveways or onto major approach roads
like Valley Drive or Lake Helena Drive.




A sidewalk placed dlrecUy

behind lie curb requires Ihe
ieaslamourlnf ranm
comparad to ali orher
identified roadside
Ireatmanls for padeslnans.



Lake Helena Drive to Spokane Creek Road

East of Lake Helena Drive, beyond the canal bridge, the new highway
centerline will likely be shifted slightly south of its present location. The
preference is to minimize impacts and additional right-of-way
acquisition from the more numerous and developed properties north of
the highway. Shifting the alignment south of its present location also
will allow the new highway to be built within this area while maintaining
traffic on the existing until construction is complete. This would reduce
the cross-overs and motorist delays during construction. East of Hart
Lane, the new alignment will likely be shifted slightly north of, or near
its present location until approaching Spokane Creek Road. The
intersection area at Spokane Creek Road will likely undergo a major
reconfiguration similar to what is shown on the front page of this
newsletter.




Robert Peccia & Associates - Highways Division



Civil, Transportation, Environmental Engineers



Canyon Ferty Road Reconstruction Project



Project Newsletter - Issue No. 3: May 2002



What is Being Considered For
The Reconstruction of Canyon
Ferry Road?



Canyon Ferry Road is a unique highway, made up of
connected, yet different segments. The highway
passes through both urban-lil<e and rural settings
which may require different treatments to address the
current highway's problems.



Beginning Of Proiect to Wylie Drive

The beginning of the project at Walter Drive will tie
into the new segment recently completed. The new
highway's top paved width at that location will match
with what was just constructed, consisting of two 12-
foot travel lanes and two B-foot shoulders. From that
point east. Canyon Ferry Road will likely be widened
to accommodate a 14-foot center left turn lane, or a
center Two Way Left Turn Lane (TWLTL). The center
turn lane will aid motorists to safely turn onto such
approaches as Tizer Road or Baldy Drive. The 8-foot
shoulders will accommodate the occasional bicyclist
or pedestrian, and provide a safety area for an
occasional broke-down vehicle.



Presenf location of - ...^ [*
yaiir roadside fence ijl



=\W^\\



Xl



, lie Drive to Lake Helena Drive

■ People have commented during this project's scoping process that the greatest
concern in this developed area is to minimize the new highway's width and
additional right-of-way needs. Additional right-of-way will be required, but the


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