Transportation Safety Projects

The City of Missoula Transportation Safety Team (TST) includes planners, engineers, and Street Maintenance Division staff who meet regularly to improve safety and operations for people walking, biking, and driving. Major improvements like new traffic signals, roundabouts, bike lanes, and travel lanes are typically addressed through large-scale projects included in the annual Community Investment Program. When appropriate, TST refers traffic safety concerns on local streets to the newly formed Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP), which analyzes the data for these concerns and determines potential solutions. For more information on NTMP, please visit our Engage Missoula page at https://www.engagemissoula.com/neighborhood-traffic-safety-program

To report a traffic safety issue, please fill out our Traffic Safety Concern Form.

For more information on NTMP or any of the projects on this page, please contact Ben Weiss, Senior Transportation Planner, WeissB@ci.missoula.mt.us or 406-552-6352.

Below are current and ongoing transportation safety projects.

W. Broadway St. between Reserve St. and Airport Rd—MT Dept. of Transportation Project 

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Simons Drive Proposed Traffic Calming

Description: After hearing from concerned neighbors last fall, the City studied the area and is recommending installation of asphalt speed humps to improve safety by reducing vehicle speeds through neighborhood streets. 

Schedule:  This construction season, weather and materials permitting. Project updates will be posted on this web page.

UPDATE:  Neighborhood complaints about speeding on Simons Dr. prompted City staff to collect speed data and review crash histories. We found speeds and crashes to be higher than we want to see on local streets and ran the data through the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program. Enforcement is not a good tool to address the issue on this street due to low traffic volumes. Neighbors have already been trying to educate each other by talking about their concerns at neighborhood council meetings and placing signs in their yards encouraging better driving behavior. The next step is an engineering solution.

Speed humps were determined to be the best approach to calming traffic. Located on the hill, people inadvertently increase speeds in both directions. Speed humps will require people slow down at the location of the features and will serve as a good reminder to drive slowly on this street. These speed humps—which are longer to travel over and shorter in height—are much less jarring than traditional speed bumps. They will be placed in locations where they will be visible and effective without blocking access to any driveways (see map below). Depending on weather conditions and materials availability, installing the speed humps will hopefully take place in late summer/early fall of 2022.

Map—Proposed Speed Hump Locations

Public Meeting:  A public meeting was held via Zoom on June 1, 2022, at 4 p.m. A link to the video recording of the presentation is available below.

Meeting Recording:

https://ci-missoula-mt.zoom.us/rec/share/OoXnWYlG72b-Lm1KbR0rHxrBzKNhnPs5Xl481Dpck_3DNNKiR3qX1ByMiim-LKT6.R-KIJAJKmCE17D_N

 Contact:  Ben Weiss, Senior Transportation Planner, 406-552-6352, weissb@ci.missoula.mt.us; or Deborah Postma, Transportation Planner, 406-552-6366, postmad@ci.missoula.mt.us

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Normans Lane Proposed Traffic Calming 

Description:  After hearing from concerned neighbors last fall, the City studied the area and is recommending installation of asphalt speed humps to improve safety by reducing vehicle speeds through neighborhood streets. 

Schedule:  This construction season, weather and materials permitting. Project updates will be posted on this web page.

UPDATE:  Neighborhood complaints about speeding on Normans Ln. prompted City staff to collect speed data and review crash histories. We found speeds and crashes to be higher than we want to see on local streets and ran the data through the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program. Enforcement is not a good tool to address the issue on this street due to low traffic volumes. Neighbors have already been trying to educate each other by talking about their concerns at neighborhood council meetings and placing signs in their yards encouraging better driving behavior. The next step is an engineering solution.

Speed humps were determined to be the best approach to calming traffic. Located on the hill, people inadvertently increase speeds in both directions. Speed humps will require people slow down at the location of the features and will serve as a good reminder to drive slowly on this street. These speed humps—which are longer to travel over and shorter in height—are much less jarring than traditional speed bumps. They will be placed in locations where they will be visible and effective without blocking access to any driveways (see map below). Depending on weather conditions and materials availability, installing the speed humps will hopefully take place in late summer/early fall of 2022.

Map—Proposed Speed Hump Locations

Public Meeting:  A public meeting was held via Zoom on June 2, 2022, at 4 p.m. A video recording of the meeting will be posted here once available.

Contact:  Ben Weiss, Senior Transportation Planner, 406-552-6352, weissb@ci.missoula.mt.us; or Deborah Postma, Transportation Planner, 406-552-6366, postmad@ci.missoula.mt.us

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Lewis & Clark Neighborhood Traffic Calming Project—Completed

Description:   Installing “quick build” traffic circles and stop signs to improve safety by reducing vehicle speeds and cut-through traffic through the Lewis and Clark Neighborhood.

 Dates:  Early to mid-October, depending on weather.

 Contact:  Ben Weiss, Senior Transportation Planner, 406-552-6352 or WeissB@ci.missoula.mt.us

 Additional Information:  Project Question & Answer Sheet

Lewis & Clark Traffic Calming Project Map

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Quick Build Traffic Calming Devices

Circles

The Public Works & Mobility Department began installing quick build traffic calming circles during the spring of 2020 to address the need for cost-effective traffic calming solutions. They are faster to install because they are constructed with paint, signs, and plastic bollards. In contrast to a full construction project that includes engineering, curb/gutter work, drainage, and more, these devices are a fraction of the cost (completely paid for by the City) and can be adjusted if necessary.

Six total of these new traffic calming circles are currently in place on Franklin St. and Maurice Ave. as part of a larger neighborhood traffic management program.

Quick Build Traffic Calming Circle Example

Other Devices

Quick Build Bulb-Out Example

For more information on our traffic calming decision-making process, please visit the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program's Engage Missoula page at:  https://www.engagemissoula.com/neighborhood-traffic-safety-program.


Installed Quick Build Traffic Calming Circles