Roosevelt Drive Upgrade Study

Roosevelt Drive provides access to over 73,000 acres of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and approximately 40,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands, primarily in the Highland Mountains south of Butte. The corridor also serves numerous private residences and is highly used by permitted commercial timber, mining, and livestock grazing activities. Residential traffic uses the road year round. During the winter, Roosevelt Drive is the only ingress/egress road for residents. During the summer, Roosevelt Drive can be accessed from the west by Highland Road and from the south by Fish Creek Road.

Recognizing the deteriorating conditions of the roadway, and the use as a major access to federal lands, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in partnership with Butte-Silver Bow City-County and the United States Forest Service (USFS), developed this planning study to identify potential improvements to the Roosevelt Drive corridor. A key outcome of the study is the development of recommendations intended to address the transportation and access needs of roadway users in the study area. The recommendations define the most critical needs of the corridor and will help the study partners prioritize and allocate resources to address the needs. This study reviews and considers environmental and social issues and aims to reduce planning time and minimize construction costs through the demonstration of feasible improvement opportunities.

The intent of this Preliminary Engineering Report is to analyze roadway conditions, identify areas of concern, and develop improvement options for the study corridor. The transportation conditions analysis includes a planning level examination of the corridor based on a variety of information sources and field reviews. Goals and objectives for Roosevelt Drive are also identified based on a comprehensive review of existing and projected transportation conditions. The analysis, together with the stated goals and objectives, influenced the development of potential improvement options intended to address the identified issues and areas of concern.