Moose Creek Road North and South
This project involves the relocation of 4.1 miles of Montana Secondary Highway 569 in a Wildlife Management Area and illustrates the successful integration of our surveyors, environmental scientists and civil and engineering staff to design approximately four miles of new highway in an ecologically important area for moose winter habitat. Our scientists have completed haz-mat inventories, biological assessments, wetland delineations and aquatic resource documentation for the evaluation of three different proposed alignments to support the NEPA process and to allow the Montana Department of Transportation and Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks to evaluate the best overall alignment.
This project design resulted in approximately 1,000 feet of instream work, channel reconstruction and associated permitting, yet minimized the footprint of the project on the landscape and improves overall resource function, aquatic and wildlife habitat. This project results in an overall net benefit to the environment because of improved stream channel function at the road crossings and restoration of floodplain, wetland, stream, and riparian habitat in the French Creek drainage by relocation of the highway. Biological assessment, T & E species, NEPA, and survey work elements have been completed and we are currently providing construction services related to stream restoration oversight.
Project construction is scheduled to be completed in 2016.