Two Montana Department of Transportation paving projects south of Stevensville enter their final construction stages after the Memorial Day weekend. Melissa Shannon reported in a news release that the paving was completed last year, but chip sealing of the asphalt surface needs to be done. The work will take three or four days starting Tuesday, May 26, depending on weather, and will be on the East Side Highway (Stevi's Main Street) from 1.2 miles south of Stevensville to a mile northwest of town and also on US 93 from McCalla Creek Bridge to about a mile north of Kootenai Creek Road. After a month to allow the surface to cure, crews will finish with roadway striping later this summer.

Both road projects are part of the Stevensville Pavement Preservation Project, which Matt Straub, MDT Engineering Project Manager said, is a way to keep roads from "falling into serious disrepair, extending their useable lives with minimal investment and disruptions." There will be delays up to 15 minutes during construction, along with reduced speeds and single lane traffic guided by pilot cars. Drive carefully and watch out for workers.