Morrison-Maierle recently celebrated the opening of the East Belgrade Interchange on I-90. A crowd of about 150 residents, clients and partners on the project met at the roundabout on the interchange to celebrate the end of a project that has been in the making, one way or another, since the 1970s.
Bob Morrison, President and CEO of Morrison-Maierle, said, “I’d like to sincerely thank the Montana Transportation Commission and Department staff for providing Morrison-Maierle with the opportunity to design this project, their trust in our ability to serve our many clients in this area without conflict, and their partnership with us to get to this gratifying end-point. In particular, I’d also like to salute the Butte District construction personnel, Butte Commissioner Rick Griffith, and Knife River and all their subcontractors for their dedication to transforming our plans and specifications into the improvements we see here today.”
Morrison also thanked the Gallatin Airport Authority Board and staff, Gallatin County, and the City of Belgrade for their commitment, persistence, and financial support that made this project possible.
In addition, Morrison thanked Phill Forbes and the Helena Office transportation staff for their design and Scott Bell and Mark Maierle from the Bozeman Office for their work on the right-of-way acquisitions and utility relocations on the project.
The bridge was dedicated to the late Patricia Abelin, a former MDT Transportation Commissioner and chair of the I-90 Interchange Committee. Her family, including her 95-year-old mother, were in attendance to receive the sign presented by MDT Director Mike Tooley and several other local officials.
One of Morrison-Maierle’s first projects in 1946 was for the airport in Belgrade.