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By Henry Netherland

Highway 83 construction enters initial design stage


October 22, 2020

Henry Netherland, Pathfinder

A helicopter transports Tetra Tech equipment from Highway 83 as part of a Montana Department of Transportation construction project near Salmon Lake. A helicopter is being used instead of ground vehicles to limit disturbance when accessing steep slopes. 

SEELEY LAKE - Traffic on Highway 83 near Salmon Lake is experiencing disruptions resulting from a Department of Transportation project.

Cameron Kloberdanz, Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) Geotechnical Engineer, said the project is intended to reconstruct the roadway section along Salmon Lake in order to make it safer, mitigate rockfall hazards and improve pavement quality. The project team is using designs to determine if they can install three to four foot shoulders on each side of the road as well as potential retaining walls in some areas. The work would require some excavatio...

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