The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and in coordination with Fallon County and the City of Baker, has developed a corridor planning study that includes the City of Baker and surrounding vicinity. A need was identified for a planning study to examine freight traffic through the downtown area, as well as the internal transportation network, highway issues and other identified transportation needs.
The goal of the study has been to assess current and projected conditions in the Baker area and to develop a package of short- and long-term improvement options addressing the needs identified through the study process.
Improvement options developed for the study include new road alignments to address the issue of freight traffic through the downtown area, improve the operation of the US 12/MT 7 intersection to accommodate an acceptable level of service, reduce delay due to at-grade railroad crossing closures, as well as many other objectives.
A second informational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Exhibit Hall in Baker. The purpose of the meeting will be to present the draft corridor study, discuss the recommended improvement options and receive feedback from the community.
The draft Baker Corridor Planning Study will be available for review and comment on Oct. 7 and accessible from the study website at:
Comments may be submitted in writing at the informational meeting, online via the study website, or by mail to Corrina Collins, MDT Statewide and Urban Planning, Project Manager, PO Box 201001, Helena, MT 59620-1001. Indicate that comments are for the Baker Corridor Planning Study. Deadline for receiving comments is Nov. 6, 2015.