|Reserve St. and Mullan Intersection|
Fall 2012: The project was complete in summer of 2011. Initial results show that a crash location was shifted to the Clark Fork/ Mullan intersection. We have not analyzed all results yet. Overall, this intersection remains as one of the most dangerous in all of Montana.
The NW pedestrian island was removed in summer 2011 by the City and State in order to make room for another left turn lane onto Mullan from Reserve. The continuous pedestrian crossing distance increased from 79' to 101'.
MIST advocates for a comprehensive approach for solving the congestion and safety issues on Reserve St. Instead of adding more lanes, we propose increased bus service, planning for regional passenger rail, connected walk and bike ways, strategic mixed use land development, increased efforts to shift rush hour traffic to other hours of the day, along with other community solutions.
This island is now gone, increasing the crossing distance for pedestrians to 101'. One of our findings is that the last 12 pedestrian, cyclist and driver fatalities on Reserve Street have happened on crossing sections of 100' or more. Solving congestion while enhancing community and environment seems to be a great challenge for society today.