At KLE, we’re grateful to be involved in so many rewarding projects, like restoring wetlands and building pads for solar and wind farms. Construction that makes an immediate felt difference in our communities is often the most satisfying to work on.
That’s why we’re so proud to be a part of the six-phase Billings Bypass Project—the biggest project the Montana Department of Transportation has ever undertaken to date.
The multi-road construction project began in 2020 and is the collaborative effort of several contractors. Alongside KLE, Granite Rock and Wadsworth Bros. are also doing the heavy lifting. The project, slated to be completed in 2026, consists of a bridge, several miles of highway, and the first roundabout interchange in the state of Montana..
With an estimated cost of $115 million, it’s safe to say this is an investment in the future of Montana, and especially Billings. The finished byway will connect the Johnson Lane interchange in Lockwood to the intersection of Highway 312 and Highway 87 in Billings Heights, enabling people to get from point A to point B more directly.
Some of the challenges we’ve had to navigate during this project are winter weather conditions, the art of working with a lot of other contractors on the job, and the scheduling of each part of the project.
A big shout out to the entire crew out on the Bypass. We wouldn’t be here without our people, and it’s an honor to work on infrastructure that will serve our future generations.