Blacktail Road Improvements Contract Awarded

Release Date: Dec 1, 2017  

Kalispell, MT, December 1, 2017- The Flathead National Forest, in coordination and partnership with the Western Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration, Flathead County Commissioners and Flathead County Road Department, and through support of Senator Steve Daines and the community of Lakeside, has secured funding for the Blacktail Road Restoration and Stabilization Project Phase 2.  In turn, construction bids for the project were received and reviewed by the Western Federal Lands Highway Division; N.A. Degerstrom Incorporated, out of Spokane, Washington was recently awarded the contract.  Work will begin in 2018, with completion scheduled for October 2018. 

Dave Prunty, Flathead County Public Works Director said, "Not only is this a big win for the community, it will certainly enhance the County road maintenance in this area.  By improving the road, it makes it easier for the County to maintain and offers additional safety benefits for private property owners and recreational users alike."

Blacktail Road, Road #917 is located within the Island Unit of the Swan Lake Ranger District in Flathead County, west of Flathead Lake.  The road serves as the primary access to National Forest System lands in the Blacktail Mountain area, providing access to the Blacktail Mountain Ski Area, motorized and non-motorized trail systems, and the Blacktail Mountain Nordic Cross-Country Ski Trail System.  Blacktail Road is also a primary route for Forest Service fire and vegetation management activities in the area, provides access to the communication facilities on top of Blacktail Mountain, and provides access to adjacent private homes and lands. 

“Anytime access is improved, it adds to the economic viability of the local community,” stated Chip Weber, Flathead National Forest Supervisor. “It’s always good to see strong partnerships come together for the greater good.”    

Total project activities include reconstructing the road to a standard two lane road width asphalt surface, beginning at milepost 3.79 and ending at mile post 6.61, stabilizing the uphill slope above Stoner Creek, stabilizing and revegetating several other cut and fill slopes along the road, improving road drainage, and replacing two stream crossings to improve water quality and allow for aquatic organism passage. 

For more information, please call Staff Officer, Gary Danczyk at 406-758-5268.