Lockwood Pedestrian Safety District

Lockwood is an unincorporated community in the Billings, Montana metro area. The community has a population of approximately 5,700 people. Under the community’s unincorporated status, sidewalks and other non-motorized transportation facilities were not required nor developed within the residential subdivision.

As the Lockwood School District continues to grow, so does the need for pedestrian safety. With over 1200 students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade housed on a single campus, foot traffic in the area is significant. The campus is located on Old US Highway 87, a road that sees a significant amount of automobile traffic.

The immediate need for safer walking was brought to the forefront when a young boy was killed walking along Old Harden Road after dark. The community voted to create a special district and tax themselves to improve pedestrian safety. The special district will likely generate annual revenues of about $212,000.

In 2011, Interstate Engineering teamed up with Peaks to Plains Design, PPC to create a Safe Routes to School plan for the Lockwood Schools. In 2012, a short sidewalk construction project along the school’s US Highway 87 frontage road was completed. With the previously existing knowledge of the area and the community’s needs, Interstate Engineering was excited for the opportunity to work with the District on future projects.

When the Lockwood Pedestrian Safety District issued a Request for Proposals in September of 2014, Interstate Engineering again teamed with Peaks to Plains Design to pursue the project. Following an interview on October 6, 2014, the District selected the Interstate Engineering team as the District Engineer.

The team has completed work on the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan, formalizing priorities already identified by the District. The Plan contains a detailed implementation plan, outlining capital improvements within the district. These include sidewalks, multi-use paths, street lighting, signing, and other miscellaneous non-motorized transportation improvements. Our work included fiscal planning to leverage District revenues through the acquisition of grants and loans.

Following completion of the Plan and identification of the highest priority projects, Interstate was authorized to proceed with design and construction administration of approximately 2,500 lineal feet of 6-foot-wide concrete sidewalk along Old Highway 87. A construction contract for that important project was awarded to CMG Construction, Inc., with construction slated for the fall of 2015.