Biking from downtown Billings toward Lockwood is extremely challenging, with no facilities to keep a rider safe. Pedestrians are also at high risk when attempting to cross Expo Dr. to 1st Ave., at the south end of the Expo. We applaud MDT for working to change this situation, and encourage our public to provide input. You are invited to a public open house for the Expo & 1st Ave N project Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Billings Public Library. Two times are available to accommodate your schedule!

Billings TrailNet has been part of the Project Advisory Committee, which over three months, has helped to narrow down to three alternatives, shown below the Open House flyer.

The open house is on Wednesday, December 11th from 12-1 PM and 4-6:30 PM at the Billings Public Library.

No improvements
Alternative 4 – Free Westbound Right-Turn Lane
o Converts existing westbound right-turn lane into a free right-turn lane and brings northbound right-turn lane through traffic signal at the Exposition Drive/1st Avenue N intersection
o Provides 4th northbound lane on Exposition Drive between 1st Avenue N and 4th Avenue N, which becomes the right-turn lane at 6th Avenue N
o Extends southbound left-turn lane at the Exposition Drive/1st Avenue N intersection
o Refines intersection alignment to improve turning radii for trucks
o Adds pedestrian crossings to east and north legs of Exposition Drive/1st Avenue N
o Realigns pedestrian crossing on the south leg of the Exposition Drive/4th Avenue N intersection to decrease crossing distance
o Provides pathway on both sides of Exposition Drive between 1st Avenue N and 4th Avenue N, provides sidewalks elsewhere
o Provides pathway connection on north side of 1st Avenue N from Exposition Drive to Jim Dutcher Trail
Alternative 5 – Dual Westbound Right-Turn Lanes
o Provides second westbound right-turn lane and brings northbound right-turn lane through traffic signal at the Exposition Drive/1st Avenue N intersection
o Extends southbound left-turn lane at the Exposition Drive/1st Avenue N intersection
o Refines intersection alignment to improve turning radii for trucks
o Adds pedestrian crossings to east and north legs of Exposition Drive/1st Avenue N
o Realigns pedestrian crossing on the south leg of the Exposition Drive/4th Avenue N intersection to decrease crossing distance
o Provides pathway on both sides of Exposition Drive between 1st Avenue N and 4th Avenue N, provides sidewalks elsewhere
o Provides pathway connection on north side of 1st Avenue N from Exposition Drive to Jim Dutcher Trail

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