Right-of-Way Infrastructure Projects
The Infrastructure & Mobility Engineering branch of the Public Works & Mobility Department works with other City department to identify areas in the city that lack right-of-way infrastructure, usually sidewalks. City engineers and planners look at factors including access to to schools, neighborhood parks, public transportation, and other facilities that citizens would like to access using pedestrian facilities, if they were available. They look at where sidewalks should be installed to complete this system of pedestrian facilities. They then make recommendations to City Council, which decides if a project should move forward by ordering the work to be completed or not.
When an area is chosen for sidewalk work, the City has a process for notifying affected residents of the work details and of their financial responsibility. To notify them, the City uses an extensive notification process that may vary slightly from project to project. See the specific project for details on how project information will be provided to affected residents.
Eaton Street - Phase 1—Right-of-Way Improvements
Location: The limits of the Eaton St. Phase I project include both sides of Eaton St. from S. 7th St. W. to S. 13th St. W. and the south side of S. 10th St. W. from Eaton St. to Schilling St. See project location map link below.
Current Condition: Eaton St. emerged as a high priority for sidewalk completion for several reasons:
- It is classified as a collector street as well as a designated transit route with several bus stop locations along the corridor.
- It is a main north/south route in the Franklin to the Fort Neighborhood, which historically has been underserved with infrastructure improvements.
- Recently, it has seen increased traffic volumes and a crash history that includes some serious injuries.
Description: This project involves the construction of curb and sidewalk where none exists, curb bulb-outs at certain intersections, a sidewalk bridge, and culvert extensions at irrigation ditch sidewalk crossings. Boulevard trees are shown on the design plans, and they will be planted the year after construction of curb, sidewalk, and associated right-of-way improvements.
Benefits: This project provides safe, convenient, and accessible pedestrian facilities along local, collector, and transit routes. It will connect the west side of the Franklin to the Fort Neighborhood to Franklin Park, Franklin School, and transit services.
Project Dates: This project is currently in the design phase. The City expects construction to begin in Spring/Summer of 2022, but this start date is dependent upon how project bids come in compared to the project budget.
A postcard was mailed out the 2nd week of November to owners of properties adjacent to the proposed project.
Next Steps: Below is a a link to information on the process the City will follow to notify property owners whose property is adjacent to this proposed project and who may have an assessment for a portion of the sidewalk improvements.
Project Location Map (pdf)
Project Conceptual Plans (pdf)
Project Contact: Mark Todorovich, Construction Projects Coordinator, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, call: (406) 552-6098
Turner and Worden Streets—Mobility Improvements Project
Location: Both sides of Turner St. from Scott St. to Worden Ave., both sides of Worden Ave. from Turner St. to N. 5th St. West, and the east side of Holmes St. adjacent to the Community Gardens.
Description: This project will:
- construct curb and sidewalk where none exists,
- install curb bulb-outs at certain intersections,
- create new bus stops,
- stripe new bike lanes on both sides of Turner St. from Scott St. to Worden Ave. and both sides of Worden Ave. from Turner St. to N. 5th St., including the atypical intersection at Stoddard St., and
- plant boulevard trees (likely the year after the surface construction is completed).
Benefits: This project will provide safe, convenient, and accessible facilities for people of all ages and abilities to walk, bike, and take the bus across the Northside neighborhood between Scott St. and Orange St.
Project Dates: The project is currently in the design phase. The City expects construction to begin in Summer 2022, depending on budget and current bidding environment. Work on N. 5th St. will likely be pushed out until 2023 to coincide with a water main replacement project.
Public Meetings: Dec. 9, 2021, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. If you weren't able to attend either of these public meetings, recordings of the meetings are available below:
Next Steps: Please watch the meeting videos and then email or call Ben or Monte if you have any questions.
Public Process: Below is a a link to information on the process the City will follow to notify property owners whose property is adjacent to this proposed project and who may have an assessment for a portion of the sidewalk improvements.
Project Conceptual Plans (pdf)
Project Contacts: Monte Sipe, Construction Projects Manager, email: email@example.com, call: (406) 552-6092 or
Ben Weiss, Senior Transportation Planner, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, call: (406) 552-6352