Russell/3rd Street Gets Peer Review

by jhwygirl

Following a downright brutal Monday night city council meeting, and in what Keila Szpaller of the Missoulian called “a surprise move”, city council, approved a peer review of the Russell/3rd Street EIS during Wednesday’s Public Works committee. The EIS is currently out for review.

The Russell/3rd Street EIS was produced by HKM Engineering. Nearly all of the work HKM does is for MDOT road projects.

HKM unveiled the draft of the EIS back in April and it was not well received. Many thought it was an abrupt reversal of all information that had been both provided to the public and bythe public during the multiple neighborhood meetings held for the project.

Even in Bozeman, HKM’s work on Rouse Avenue has received much the same reception.

So horrible it was viewed, that Citizens Initiated Their Own Engineering Proposals, and Ward 3’s Councilman Bob Jaffe and Council Goddess Stacy Rye made a referral to the Public Works committee for a peer review of the project’s EIS.

What was “surprising” on Wednesday, is that Dick Haines brought forth a friendly amendment to the referral, requesting a peer review of the Miller Creek EIS. It was gladly accepted and approved on a voice vote.

The review should cost approximately $20,000.

Comments are due on the Russell/3rd Street EIS by October 20th. The thinking is that key components will be reviewed by another engineering firm to confirm (or dispute) HKM’s findings and resulting preferred alternatives. The peer review will be submitted as public comment to the document, as city council’s.

Meanwhile, don’t forget 3 Plus for Russell, which will be holding a presentation at the Rose Park neighborhood meeting on Wednesday Sept 17th at 7pm, St. Paul’s Church, 202 Brooks.

For more information on 3 Plus for Russell, email


  1. John Wolverton

    The city council talked about requesting an extension of the DEIS comment period. It looks like it could go out to 120 days total. No formal word on that request yet.

    The peer review was framed as being somewhat narrow in scope. Looks like it will focus on the 4F historic and cultural resources, traffic projection models and hopefully looks at the public engagement (or lack there-of) process.

    Here’s the website for 3 Plus for Russell Street citizens’ plan with links to the design thus-far:
    Folks can check it out, submit comments and help in the design. Please sign the online petition if you want to let the city and the state know that the community understands how to design itself; instead of letting traffic engineers design it for us.
    There is a better way.

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