Work to Resume on Highway Reconstruction West of Whitefish

Second phase of major highway reconstruction project slated to be completed in July

By Dillon Tabish

Crews are resuming construction on the Karrow to Mountainside reconstruction project along U.S. Highway 93 west of Whitefish.

Schellinger Construction plans to begin working April 13 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The crews will begin with pulverizing existing asphalt and replacing dirt to ensure smooth roadways during construction. Then sanitary and storm drainage systems will be installed.

“We appreciate your patience and are excited to bring these improvements to your community,” Schellinger staff said in its announcement. “The Karrow to Mountainside project will deliver a wider highway better suited to meet the needs of the Whitefish community with new bike paths and sidewalks.”

The project is scheduled for completion in July. This is the second phase of a major highway reconstruction project along the western corridor of Whitefish. The third phase will extend to mile post 133.

The two-lane highway was originally constructed in 1936. Over the decades as Whitefish and the surrounding area grew in population, traffic increased dramatically. The road wasn’t built to handle such high traffic volume, according to WGM Group, the Missoula-based firm that designed the Highway 93 reconstruction project.

The first phase involved replacing the bridge over the Whitefish River and widening the highway west of the bridge to three lanes, with a turning lane in the middle.

For frequent updates, visit here. A public meeting will be held every Tuesday at 9 a.m. at 2005 Lion Mountain Road providing updated information on the progress.

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