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Weekly Updates

 

February 5, 2021

Mullan BUILD Project Update:

As a reminder, the Mullan BUILD team has completed the 90 percent design plans for the project.  These plans are available on the BUILD webpage at this link. These designs include specific intersection details, irrigation elements, drainage landscaping, lighting and electrical work, and much more. However, please note, these plans include designs for the prioritized elements of the project, inclusive of portions where construction is deferred to subsequent phases of the project once additional funding is acquired. 


After this 90% package is approved by the BUILD project team, which includes experts from the City of Missoula and Missoula County, DJ&A Engineering will be focused on a 100% design plan. Throughout all of these steps, the project team has been focused on prioritizing specific areas of work (Mary Jane Boulevard South, Mary Jane Boulevard North, George Elmer South, England Boulevard) to fit within current project funding confines provided by the BUILD grant. In addition to design plans, the team will be focused on finalizing BUILD grant agreements, acquiring needed right-of-way and seeking additional funding for future phases of the larger project. 


Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin late-spring 2021. This initial construction phase will take place over 2021 and 2022. The timeframe is subject to change.


To provide background, the Mullan BUILD team, inclusive of DJ&A Engineering, City of Missoula and Missoula County representatives, and more, initially applied for BUILD grant funding and received $13 million in total. This required a prioritization of specific project elements in order to move forward with the limited funding. Project element prioritizations listed above will be completed in this initial phase of work (2021, 2022), dates subject to change. As additional funding is acquired via impact fees or grant funding, the entire project throughout the Mullan area can be delivered. 


Seeking Additional Funding:

As described above, impact fees are being considered as a potential avenue for funding the reminder of the BUILD project. Throughout February and early March, the City of Missoula is presenting plans to City Council via a Public Hearing scheduled for February 22. Additional discussion dates and information is posted on the City website linked here as well as on our BUILD webpage linked here. Details to come as the month progresses.


Open House: 

All are invited to a virtual open house on Tuesday, April 6 at 11:30 a.m. Register for this event at this link.


We hope you can join us for a presentation and question-and-answer session with the project team prior to construction!


Contact Us + Public Feedback:

Please reach out with questions or feedback to becca@bigskypublicrelations.com or call 406-207-4484. We will provide additional updates as construction nears.


As a reminder, if you are interested, we welcome you to peruse the Mullan BUILD webpage linked here. Here, you will find environmental documentation, recordings of past public meetings, the overall project schedule, and more. Your feedback, questions and comments are encouraged on all elements of the project.

 

January 19, 2021

Mullan BUILD Project Update:

The Mullan BUILD team has completed the 90 percent design plans for the project. They have more accurately determined costs and additional factors when narrowing project locations advancing to construction this year with the available funding. Additionally, the BUILD team is continuing to work towards the completion of all the right-of-way necessary for project elements that may not be constructed with the first round of funding.


As many understand, this project is being completed with limited funding through the BUILD grant. This includes work on Mary Jane Boulevard South, Mary Jane Boulevard North, George Elmer Drive South, and England Boulevard. This work will take place tentatively in 2021 and 2022 as the initial phase of the project.


The team’s goal is to complete all project elements and identified improvements in addition to the prioritizations listed above including Grant Creek restoration, Tipperary Way Trail, etc. The plan is to complete the entire project scope once additional funding and right of way is acquired.  More updates to come.


Please note, the tentative schedule for select road and subsurface construction will begin late-spring 2021. Initial construction will take place over both 2021 and 2022 and is anticipated to be substantially completed by November 2022. The most significant construction will occur in 2022. To reiterate, this timeframe is for the first phase of work within the current funding confines. However, the schedule and time frame are subject to change. 


Open House: 

The media and public are invited to a virtual open house in early April. Registration and details for this event will be located at this link. More information to come.


This open house will be structured similarly to past public meetings. There will be a brief presentation covering project design plans, parking, lighting, the construction schedule and general elements to be aware of. Then, the project team will conclude with a question-and-answer session to make sure that all attendee questions and concerns are addressed prior to 2021 construction beginning. 


Contact Us + Public Feedback:

Please reach out with questions or feedback to becca@bigskypublicrelations.com


As a reminder, we invite you to peruse the Mullan BUILD webpage linked here. Here, you will find recordings from past public meetings, extensive environmental documentation, the overall project schedule, and more. The BUILD project team welcomes feedback, questions and comments on all elements of the project.

 

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