Jackrabbit Lane’s Upgrade, Where Should The Focus Be?
Jackrabbit Lane is nearing final stages of design before it begins to get a face lift in the next couple of months. Talks of medians, streetlights, and roundabouts are all still on the table. What are your ideas for the redesign of the road?
Carly Flandro - Bozeman Daily Chronicle
As of now, the road is set to expand from two lanes to five, and will not have a concrete median - a relief for many locals who feared a median would block access to businesses or farmlands.
It's still undecided, however, whether roundabouts or stoplights will be installed on the road.
By next Friday, the Gallatin County Commission will submit its recommendations about what the road's remodel should include to the Montana Department of Transportation.
The schedule calls for MDT to start with about four miles of Jackrabbit Lane -- from just south of Four Corners north to Hulbert Road -- this summer.
The road is an important thoroughfare for locals and commuters as well as patrons of the Gallatin Field airport, and the changes are intended to better facilitate traffic and prepare for anticipated growth in the next decade.
However, the proposed changes have spurred significant input from a worried public.
In January, about 50 business owners and locals trekked to Helena to meet with MDT officials, including director Jim Lynch. They explained their concerns, including those about the concrete median, and two weeks later MDT had revised the plan.
Since then, a group of local officials, business owners and residents has continued meeting about the future of Jackrabbit Lane. Recommendations from that group and the county commission will likely be the last bits of input before the redesign is finalized.
What would you like to see happen with Jackrabbit Lane?