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The Montana Department of Transportation will host an open house from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Frenchtown High School to talk about the Huson East project.

Complete reconstruction of the Frenchtown Frontage Road, one of the busiest roadways in the Frenchtown area, is slated to begin in earnest this week.

MDT has set aside the time to discuss improvements and impacts of the project with area residents, who’ll get a chance to meet the construction team, view plans and learn how their travel plans will be affected.

Safer approaches, resurfacing, wider roadway shoulder and visibility improvements are all part of the 11-mile project from Huson to Highway 93. A shared-use path will be extended to cover the entire length of the road, and a permanent pedestrian and bicycle crossing will be installed at Frenchtown Pond State Park.

Paving of the path and roadway is scheduled for July to September. Roadside features including signage, guardrails and landscaping are due to be installed by late October. Weather permitting, the Frenchtown Frontage Road will be fully paved and open in November. Final chip sealing and striping will be completed in spring 2019.

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