You may have noticed a few orange cones popping up around Great Falls over the past few weeks. A number of construction projects are underway to improve the roads you drive on.
"Progress people have seen in the past few weeks…past couple months I should say…is a concrete rehab project. It's been five locations. By doing this now and doing these preventative measures, we can uphold the roadway and usable surface for a period of time," said Kas Manderle, Project Manager.
Construction hasn't been limited to just daylight hours. Crews are also smoothing roads overnight.
"The surface have been a bit of a rough ride, so we're able to smooth this out with the grinding on it and then we'll seal it when we're done. This will enable a lot smoother ride through that area, especially at the higher speeds at 45 mph," said Manderle.
Some concerns have arisen over whether the construction will worsen traffic during fair week and a lot of people stream in from out of town. Crews are aware of this and are working to keep roads as clear as possible for the festivities.
"Ideally, we would like to postpone all construction activities in these areas through fair week just to help alleviate all the traffic that we have coming into town, so I'm currently working with a contractor on that at this moment to see if we can make that happen," said Manderle.
As with all construction projects, officials have a reminder about drivers staying safe for themselves and for workers on the road.
"Remember there are a lot of people working on the roadways and just to be safe for our workers . Just take a little time in your schedule to watch," said Manderle.