Business and Commerce Growth,  Economic Benefits of Transportation,  Montana

Growing to Fit Future Needs: Rouse Avenue – Main to Oak

The Montana Department of Transportation improved access to Bozeman’s vibrant downtown corridor while increasing safety for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

The Rouse Avenue – Main to Oak Project marked important reconstruction of Bozeman’s busy and vital thoroughfare of Rouse Avenue. After years of rapid growth in the Gallatin Valley – and with more anticipated – the infrastructure of Rouse Avenue needed several upgrades to accommodate the growing community. This project was designed to widen almost a mile of Rouse Avenue from Main Street to Oak Street, while including vehicle turn lanes and increased lane capacity, bicycle travel lanes, and sidewalk and utility upgrades. These elements of reconstruction will increase street capacity, creating better, safer traffic flow and access.

Road work was substantially completed in November 2020, and Rouse Avenue reopened to two-way travel from Main Street to Oak Street. Several weeks of finishing work remain, such as landscaping and sidewalks that will be completed in spring 2021. For more information on this project, visit

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