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Thursday road conditions in north-central Montana; snow removal in Great Falls

While snow moves through the region Thursday morning, crews are tackling Montana’s roadways.

Despite the latest storm, the Montana Department of Transportation reports that as of 10:30 a.m., road conditions for much of north-central Montana are dry or mostly dry. This includes Highway 87 from Great Falls to Havre, and almost all of Highway 2 from Shelby to the border of North Dakota.

Interstate 15 between Vaughn and the Canadian border has scattered snow and ice while some of I-15 from Great Falls to Helena shows snow and ice/scattered snow and ice.

MDT is reporting that Highway 87 between Great Falls and Geyser is snow-covered.

In Great Falls, 10th Avenue South is down to two lanes as the outside lane is being used for snow storage.

According to the City of Great Falls, the following roadways are maintained by the State of Montana Highway Department:

  • All Bridges
  • 1st & 2nd Avenue North
  • 14th & 15th Streets
  • 10th Avenue South
  • 6th Street South West
  • North West Bypass
  • Central Avenue West
  • River Drive
  • 3rd Street North West
  • Park Drive
  • Vaughn Road
  • 57th Street
  • Bootlegger Trail
  • Old Havre Highway
  • Market Place Exit “0”
  • 25th Avenue North East from Old Havre Highway to the East

The City of Great Falls website indicates three levels of priority for snow removal in town:

Priority One (Red): Emergency Snow Routes. These streets provide a network system throughout the city for emergency services operations. They are marked by road signs throughout the city.

Priority Two (Black): Major Arterials. Streets interconnecting with high volume streets and completing the major street network with particular attention to schools, hospitals and business areas.

Priority Three (Green): Selected Collector Streets. These streets include mass transit routes and other collector streets necessary to provide access to major arterials.

Most residential streets and others not mentioned in Priority one, two or three. These streets are not normally cleared unless impassable. After clearing of the other priorities, special requests as manpower, equipment, are available.

To learn more about the city’s snow and ice control plan, click here.

Montana Department of Transportation road conditions:

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