East Missoula Highway 200 Corridor Plan
Welcome to the East Missoula-Highway 200 Corridor Plan project! Please continue to visit this site for periodic updates, notice of upcoming public meetings, and related information.
The Missoula Metropolitan Planning Organization has begun the process for a Corridor Plan on Highway 200 from Van Buren Street to Tamarack Road. The Corridor Plan will address Highway 200 east of Missoula in three segments: East Missoula Segment (from I-90 to Brickyard Hill), East Broadway Segment (from Van Buren Street to I-90, and ShaRon-Marshall Segment (from Brickyard Hill to Tamarack Road).
A Bit of Background – Why Another Plan?
This stretch of highway, in particular the E. Missoula portion, has been the subject of studies and plans by various entities over the past decade or more. The current project is the first to be spearheaded by the Missoula Metropolitan Planning Organization or MMPO, the federally designated transportation planning entity for this area. The MMPO project takes into account all relevant prior plans, but the new effort is critical for several reasons:
1) It will provide detailed design information for cost estimates, critical for funding eligibility, that is insufficient, outdated, or lacking in other existing reports. Cost estimates are a necessary piece in successfully obtaining funding.
2) It will include a formalized work plan, identifying priorities and funding options, that will lead the way to real on-the-ground changes.
3) It is the necessary next step to ensure projects are ready for funding, when funding becomes available. The largest sources of funding will not fund projects without a plan formally adopted by local government. Adoption of this plan by the MMPO, comprised of city, county and state agencies, will clear the way for major investment by local, state, and federal sources.
Why Include Portions of Highway 200 in Addition to East Missoula?
Major projects to the east and west have been in the planning stages for years and are interconnected to E. Missoula issues. These include:
• Connections to bike-pedestrian paths on either side of E. Missoula
• Addressing safety-traffic concerns with seasonal river-floating
• Congestion and safety issues at Eastgate area near Van Buren
• Pedestrian crossings, transit, and parking issues on north side of Hwy 200 from Van Buren to I-90 interchange
• Missoula College development
The MMPO recognizes the East Missoula segment as a top priority, given the long history of needed improvements there. Including the Van Buren segment (west segment) and ShaRon-Rural segment (east segment) is important because they also directly or indirectly affect the East Missoula segment. It is also efficient and cost-effective to include them now, rather than addressing them later as separate plans.
WGM Group, Inc. (WGM) is providing technical consulting services to prepare the Corridor Plan for the Missoula Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Project Overview and Schedule:
Click here for the overview and schedule.
Click here for the Introductory Framework.
Click here for the Technical Analysis.
Public Involvement and Comments to Date:
As of April 15, more than 275 community members have participated in this project through attendance at the February 6 Open House, Social Pinpoint online map and comment forum, and other correspondence. These comments provide important information for the next step of this process -- design alternatives for the Highway 200 corridor.
Click here for a summary of comments received to date.
Click here for other information on the Open House held February 6 and upcoming Open Houses.
Click here to see the comments posted on the corridor map in Social Pinpoint.
We will be releasing design alternatives in June and look forward to learn what options community members prefer. Check back soon for updates!
In the meantime, email Anne Cossitt at to submit general comments or get on the project mailing list.