Construction for the 56th Roundabouts project is temporarily paused for workers from Riverside Constructing Inc. to assist with repairing flood-damaged roads and bridges.

The press release from DOWL says sections of the road will be filled with gravel during the temporary pause for road construction on 56th Street West and Kine Avenue so drivers can still use the road. Asphalt patchwork should start sometime this week. 

The 56th Street West and Central Avenue intersection is still safe for the public to use. Additional work needs to be finished, like installing road signs and roadway striping. Remember to stay vigilant of workers and road closures. 

The press release also adds that the summer months make for the deadliest time for car crashes in Montana. This period of time is nationally known as the “100 deadliest days of summer” due to increases in severe crashes and crash-related fatalities. Higher volumes of traffic and clear roads can lead drivers to lower their guard while on the road. 

The Montana Department of Transportation’s Vision Zero campaign promotes safe driving to avoid crashes this summer. It is important never to drive while under the influence and always buckle up before driving. Seat belts are the best defense against motor vehicle crashes. 

If you see suspicious or unsafe driving, make sure to report it. Pull off to the side of the road and call 1-855-647-3777. For nonemergencies, fill out an online comment form on the Montana Department of Transportations website.