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North Fork of the Flathead River

UPDATE: January 20, 2022-The North Fork Road bids were all significantly over available funds.  The project partners are now discussing options.

The Scope of Services have been adjusted due to limitation of available funding and aligning with the Border Patrol, USFS, NPS, and Flathead County’s priorities.  Additionally, the North Fork and Glacier Drive work will be spilt into two separate contracts to align scope construction items, funding, and material availability.

North Fork Road

  • Reconstruction from the end of the resurfacing section for 5.1 miles to the Canadian Border (MP 50.0 to 55.15) to provide an 18-foot wide roadway;
    • Proposed Traffic Control During Construction: Construction caused delays to the public traffic are forecasted at a maximum of 30 minutes per passage through the project.

Glacier Drive and Polebridge Loop

  • Reconstruction of Glacier Drive for 1.3 miles from the end of the Polebridge Bridge to the intersection with Polebridge Loop (MP 0.2 to 1.5) to provide a 20-foot wide roadway;
    • Proposed Traffic Control During Construction: Construction caused delays to the public traffic are forecasted at a maximum of 30 minutes per passage through the project.

Anticipated Timeline

  • Scope and Cost Validation: Completed April 2020
  • Partner Agency Outreach: On-going
  • Public Outreach: On-going
  • 30% Design on Prioritized Work: Completed
  • 70% Design: Completed November 2020
  • Environmental (NEPA): Completed March 2021
  • 90% Design: Completed Spring 2021
  • 100% Design: Completed Spring 2021
  • Construction Schedule:
    • North Fork Road, MP 50 to 55
      • Advertise Anticipating: Fall 2022
      • Start Work Anticipating: 2023
      • Complete Work Anticipating: Fall 2023
    • Glacier Dr- MP 0.2 to 1.5
      • Advertise Anticipating: Fall 2022
      • Start Work Anticipating: Summer 2023
      • Complete Work Anticipating: Fall 2023