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Sanderson Stewart to present findings from Hwy 64 Traffic Study this Thursday

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April 04, 2017
Big Sky, Montana [April 3, 2017] – The Big Sky Chamber of Commerce, with funding support from Gallatin County, Madison County and Big Sky Resort Tax, recently hired Sanderson Stewart, to complete a transportation study to evaluate traffic safety and operations along the MT Hwy 64 (“Lone Mountain Trail”) corridor and to assist with planning for priority projects.  The selection of Sanderson Stewart was the result of a competitive RFP process.
The study is well underway and Sanderson Stewart will provide an update at the Joint Gallatin/Madison County Commission Meeting on April 6, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Summit Hotel at Big Sky Resort.  Community members are encouraged to attend. The presentation will include an overview of results from the analysis of existing conditions and will highlight key intersections that warrant turn lanes based on established traffic standards. The update will also include an overview of crash data, next steps in the analysis, and collaboration opportunities between counties, state and the local community to address issues. 
Sanderson Stewart will also be providing a more detailed presentation of their findings, along with future traffic projections, at a public meeting to be held on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Big Sky Chapel.
“We are excited to be moving forward with this study, which is a pivotal step in addressing the transportation-related needs of our community,” stated Britt Ide, Interim CEO, “We are grateful to Gallatin County, Madison County, and Resort Tax for the funding for this important project.”
This study is part of the Chamber’s ongoing collaboration with the community to address issues affecting local transportation.  The Chamber also worked with both Madison and Gallatin County Commissioners to request a summer speed study from the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) on MT Hwy 64.  In addition, the Chamber worked with MDT to reduce the speed limit to 50 mph on US Hwy 191 for about a two mile stretch approaching the Highway 64 intersection from both directions, as recommended from previous speed studies.
Sanderson Stewart’s core purpose is “To Plan and Design Enduring Communities.” Since 1969 Sanderson Stewart has provided communities throughout Montana with planning and design services. Today those services include civil engineering, traffic engineering and transportation planning, bike and pedestrian planning and design, land use planning, landscape architecture, land surveying, and graphic design.   Based out of their Bozeman office, the Sanderson Stewart team provides a unique combination of nationally-recognized transportation expertise and in-depth knowledge of local land use patterns and past transportation projects in the Big Sky area.
Britt Ide, Interim CEO
britt@bigskychamber.com, (406) 995-3000