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Weekly Updates

 

July 30, 2021

In case you missed the previous update, Missoula County, in partnership with the City of Missoula, announced a Mullan BUILD project schedule change. Initial construction was slated to begin later this summer and now has been pushed to the spring of 2022 due to unforeseen funding challenges. 

Limited availability of materials and labor have led to cost inflation in current bid prices. The Mullan BUILD team has continued communication with contractors, re-analyzed costs, tried to find flexibility in the schedule and made every effort to move forward with construction this year. The project plan prioritized elements of the project (Mary Jane Boulevard, George Elmer South, England Boulevard) and scenarios for future funding remain the same. The only change is the timeframe of initial construction shifting from 2021 to 2022. The team anticipates being able to complete the majority of the construction by the end of 2022 if available funding, and project budgets align. 

With this information in mind, the BUILD team is currently working to acquire additional funding, finalize Federal BUILD grant agreement steps, and continue conversations regarding right of way and development efforts in the area.

In the coming months, updates will be fairly quiet unless there is significant new information to announce. We will inform all stakeholders as progress is made. We anticipate more significant updates towards the beginning of fall and early winter.

In the meantime, please feel welcome to email takami@bigskypublicrelations.com with any questions or feedback.

Additional project resources are available on the Mullan BUILD webpage linked here

Take care,

Becca MacLean on behalf of the BUILD Project Team

 

June 18, 2021

Happy June! We hope you are enjoying the beginning of summer. Please see below for important updates on the BUILD project. 

Missoula County, in partnership with the City of Missoula, announce a Mullan BUILD project schedule change. Initial construction was slated to begin later this summer and now has been pushed to the spring of 2022 due to unforeseen funding challenges. 

Limited availability of materials and labor have led to significant cost inflation in current bid prices. Current project costs exceeded available funding, forcing the team to re-evaluate the project schedule. The additional time will allow the Mullan BUILD team to seek additional local funding, further analyze material costs and move forward with the official grant agreement for the BUILD funding.


Throughout this process, the Mullan BUILD team has been in communication with contractors, re-analyzed costs, tried to find flexibility in the schedule and made every effort to move forward with construction this year. The project plan, prioritized elements of the project and scenarios for future funding remain the same. The only change in the timeframe is initial construction moving from 2021 to 2022. With better prices in the spring, the team anticipates being able to complete the majority of the construction by the end of 2022. 

Missoula County received a $13 million federal BUILD grant to construct a new infrastructure network in the Mullan Road area. The federal grant, coupled with local funding from the City and County, will fund the first phase of the Mullan BUILD project. Project leads estimate that $40 million of funding is required to complete the entire project. Because of the large funding gap, future project phases will be constructed as additional funding becomes available. Prioritized elements of work to go in the 2022 construction season include Mary Jane Boulevard, George Elmer South and England Boulevard. Other projects, such as utility extensions and minor intersection improvements related to development, will still proceed in 2021 separate of the BUILD project.   


Please email Becca at becca@bigskypublicrelations.com with any questions or feedback.


Additional project resources are available on the Mullan BUILD webpage linked here. This webpage will be updated to fully reflect the timeline update.

 

May 7, 2021

The Mullan BUILD team, including Missoula County, the City of Missoula and consultants, have completed the 100 percent design plans. These plans are linked on this webpage. Plans include intersection designs, landscaping, pavement marking, signing details and more. Now that design plans are complete, the BUILD team continues to finalize the acquisition of necessary right-of-way and seek additional funding for future phases of the entire project. 


Prioritized elements of the project, including portions of Mary Jane Boulevard South, Mary Jane Boulevard North, George Elmer South and England Boulevard, will go into construction scheduled to begin this summer. This initial construction phase will take place throughout 2021 and 2022. However, the timeframe is subject to change based on weather and contractor availability. Any schedule updates will be communicated moving forward as needed. 


As initial roadwork nears this summer, email updates will become more regular to ensure that residents are kept up to date. Please send neighbors or any interested parties our way if they would like to subscribe.


In addition to this, prior to and during construction season, opportunities will be available for the public to engage with the project team. The BUILD team encourages and values feedback and comments throughout the process seeing that much of the greater project is yet to be designed. 


Virtual Open House Resources:

Thank you again to all those who attended the virtual open house on Tuesday, April 6. If you missed it or would like to revisit materials, please see resources linked below.


Introductory session

Breakout Session A - Design Features 

Breakout Session B - Construction Impacts

Breakout Session C - Funding and Future Considerations


In addition, the recordings for all of the open house sessions are located at this link. We encourage you to revisit Breakout Session recordings that interest you.


Contact Us + Public Feedback

Please email me at becca@bigskypublicrelations.com with any questions or feedback.


Additional project resources are available on the Mullan BUILD webpage linked here

 

April 15, 2021

Please see below for updates and reminders on the BUILD project. 


Virtual Open House Resources

Thank you to all those who attended the virtual open house on Tuesday, April 6. The BUILD project team appreciated the productive questions and feedback they received. We are grateful for your time!


If you missed the open house or would like to revisit materials, the PDFs for all of the presentation slide decks are linked below:


Introductory session

Breakout Session A - Design Features 

Breakout Session B - Construction Impacts

Breakout Session C - Funding and Future Considerations


In addition, the recordings for all of the open house sessions are located at this link. We encourage you to revisit Breakout Session recordings that interest you.


Mullan BUILD Project Update

As mentioned in previous weeks, the BUILD team, including Missoula County, the City of Missoula and consultants are in the final stages of the 100 percent design. In addition to this, the team is focused on BUILD grant agreements, acquiring needed right-of-way and seeking additional funding for future phases of the entire project. 


The team is moving towards construction scheduled to begin early summer 2021. This initial construction phase will take place throughout 2021 and 2022. However, this timeframe is subject to change and schedule updates will be communicated moving forward, as needed. 


Contact Us + Public Feedback

Please email me at becca@bigskypublicrelations.com with any questions or feedback.


Additional project resources are available on the Mullan BUILD webpage linked here

 

March 26, 2021

Virtual Open House: APRIL 6

You are invited to a virtual open house on Tuesday, April 6 at 11:30 a.m.


Registration is required, and you may register for this event using this link. This virtual meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams and will include an initial presentation as well as three breakout sessions. The initial presentation will include introductions, background information on the BUILD project, an overview of breakout session content, and more.


Immediately following the initial virtual meeting, three breakout sessions will take place via Microsoft Teams. The dial-in information will be provided to all registered participants. These sessions will be held on three topics including (a) design features (roundabouts, parking concerns, etc.), (b) construction schedule (anticipated impacts, construction priorities, etc.), and (c) funding + future priorities (impact fees, future funding, etc.) 


Each session will be attended by category experts to answer questions. These breakout sessions will function as open discussions and not presentations. Every attendee is welcome to join any breakout session any time (bouncing between all three is encouraged). Please let me know if you have any questions.


Mullan BUILD Project Update

The BUILD team, including Missoula County, the City of Missoula and consultants are in the final stages of the 100 percent design. In addition, the team is focused on BUILD grant agreements, acquiring needed right-of-way and seeking additional funding for future phases of the entire project. 


To restate, construction is tentatively scheduled to begin early summer 2021. This initial construction phase will take place throughout 2021 and 2022. However, this timeframe is subject to change and schedule updates will be communicated moving forward, as needed.

 

March 5, 2021

Mullan BUILD Project Update

As a reminder, the Mullan BUILD team has completed the 90 percent project design plans which you can view on the webpage at this link. Please note, these plans are comprised of the project’s prioritized elements including portions where construction is deferred to subsequent phases of the project once additional funding is acquired. 


In addition to finalizing design plans to the 100 percent level, the team is currently focused on BUILD grant agreements, acquiring needed right-of-way and seeking additional funding for future phases of the entire project. 

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin early summer 2021. This 


initial construction phase will take place throughout 2021 and 2022. However, this timeframe is subject to change and schedule updates will be communicated moving forward.


Impact Fee Funding

Impact fees will continue to supplement funding for the remainder of the BUILD project. As of March 2, 2021, the City of Missoula City Council has approved the use of impact fees on new developments in the greater Mullan area. The addition of these fees will allow for more elements of the BUILD project to be completed in the coming years. Now that the ordinance has been adopted, fees will go into effect on March 31, 2021. For more detailed information please visit the Engage Missoula webpage. Updates to come on impact fees specific to the BUILD project as the year progresses.


Open House

As a reminder, you are invited to a virtual open house on Tuesday, April 6 at 11:30 a.m. Register for this event at this link. This virtual meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams and will include a presentation as well as the opportunity to chat with project team members in smaller groups about specific topics of interest. More details to come as the date approaches. 


Contact Us + Public Feedback

Please reach out with questions or feedback to becca@bigskypublicrelations.com or call 406-207-4484. 


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.

 

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.