The Milk River earned its name from the Lewis and Clark Expedition, when Meriwether Lewis described the turbid water as the color of tea with a spoonful of milk added. The Milk River joins the Missouri River just south of Nashua, Montana, a small town of just under 300 residents.
The purpose of this project was to perform surveying services for a new grade-separated roadway for the Montana Department of Transportation in Nashua, Montana. This project realigned approximately 0.75 miles of MT 117 north of the Milk River to construct a grade-separated overpass of the BNSF Railway, and included a new intersection of U.S. 2 and MT 117.
DJ&A provided an updated ownership study, developed right-of-way plans, provided ground topographic and cadastral surveys, set all survey control, staked the alignments and right-of-way, mapped topography and cultural resource ties, and provided Milk River hydraulic cross sections and detailed channel cross sections to support hydraulic modeling efforts.
- Conducted right-of-way, cadastral and property boundary monument surveys utilizing GPS and conventional instruments
- Created topographic mapping for design utilizing GPS instruments
- Performed hydraulic mapping for water structure design
- Created map of existing railroad for design
- Conducted courthouse and online property research
- Recorded corner recordation forms for cadastral monuments
- Created a Retracement Certificate of Survey and recorded same within Valley County, Montana
- Established boundary and right-of-way monuments
This project allowed DJ&A to successfully apply its depth of right-of-way plan development experience gained from working with other federal and local agencies to an MDT specific project.