Montana Department of Transportation—Rouse Avenue-Story Mill Road to Main Street

Due to years of substantial rapid growth in Bozeman (with more anticipated in the future), multimodal infrastructure improvements to Rouse Avenue (Montana Highway 86) became critical to improve safety and capacity for all transportation modes. Entering Bozeman from the north, this corridor is the only continuous route in the northeastern portion of the city and serves as one of only three continuous north-south roadways across the city boundaries. Over the years, Rouse Avenue had become outdated and limited in capacity for motorized residential and visitor travel. Inconsistent sidewalks, narrow roadways with no designated bicycle lanes, and outdated intersection configuration made navigating it safely a challenge for bicyclists and pedestrians alike. The Montana Department of Transportation’s $13 million project widened Rouse Avenue, a project that included vehicle turn lanes, increased lane capacity, continuous bike travel lanes, sidewalk upgrades, ADA-compliant ramps, and utility upgrades. Those efforts increased safety for all travelers – regardless of mode – and allow for a more vibrant downtown for Bozeman.