SEELEY LAKE - Construction on a nearly $4.5 million project along highway 83 near Clearwater Junction is nearing completion.
Currently, construction crews with Knife River are grading the 4.8 mile stretch of road before they begin paving it within the next two weeks, weather permitting.
The project includes widening the once-dilapidated highway from south of Salmon Lake to the Clearwater Junction, adding 3-foot shoulders along the road and creating a left-hand turn lane by Harper's Lake.
"We will come back in mid-June and do the chip seal work and the final striping, which will only be an inconvenience probably for a few days in that time frame," said Alrick Hale, who is the Vice President and General Manager for Knife River. "Then in the fall, we will come back and do the final seeding and that should finish the project."
Chip sealing the road is expected to take place this summer.
A Montana Department of Transportation spokesman says work along Highway 83 will continue roughly five years from now with efforts to widen the road from Salmon Lake to just south of Seeley Lake.