Timber Clearing in Gallatin Canyon Will Lead to Traffic Delays

BUTTE, Mont. – February 27, 2014 – Continued timber clearing in the Gallatin Canyon could lead to traffic delays on U.S. Highway 191 the week of March 3-7 and temporary access restrictions the week of March 11-13. The timber clearing is part of a significant transmission upgrade being undertaken by NorthWestern Energy.

The timber clearing and removal work beginning March 3 will take place on National Forest System land south of Portal Creek between mile markers 52 and 54. One lane of U.S. 191 will be closed while work is under way. A pilot vehicle will shuttle traffic through the work area.

The work and lane closure are weather dependent. Traffic will not be stopped if there are slick conditions on U.S. 191.

For the period of March 11-13, the Moose Creek Road and parking area will be closed to allow timber work to be conducted safely.

Crews doing the clearing will work to minimize the traffic delays and access restrictions. Motorists are advised to be alert for possible delays and travel cautiously through the work areas. There will be signs in place in the affected areas.

The timber clearing is part of an overall project that involves upgrading the transmission line that runs from Four Corners, west of Bozeman, to the Meadow Village area of Big Sky. The existing 69-kilovolt line is being upgraded to a 161-kilovolt line. The project will more than double the line’s capacity, more reliably serve existing electric needs in the area and allow for anticipated future demand growth. The existing line was constructed in the early 1970s.

NorthWestern apologizes in advance for any inconvenience the traffic delays cause travelers.

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