Fowler Avenue Connection

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The Fowler Avenue Connection Project will connect Fowler Avenue from Oak Street to Huffine Lane. This project has moved into the design phase. Thanks so much to all who have followed along and given feedback on this project so far.

Based on pre-design comments, analysis, and City Commission direction, the project team has moved into the design phase of the project. During this phase, a 30% design has been developed and the project team is ready to share with the community. The 30% design Plans are located under the documents section on the right hand side of the page. Please reach out if you have trouble locating them.

We recognize there may be questions regarding the 30% design plans, so we’ve set up a Q&A forum on the website. Simply navigate to the Q&A Session tab below and post your questions. Our team will respond so everyone can see the conversation.

As the project moves throughout the design phase, the project team will continue to keep you informed throughout this next phase and let you know about upcoming opportunities to provide your input.

Register to participate in the online Q & A forum and receive email updates from the team. Thank you for your interest in this project. We’re glad you’re here!


A little background on the project:

The Fowler Avenue connection project kicked off with the pre-design phase in the fall of 2021. During this phase, the project team focused on understanding existing conditions along the corridor, including environmental and traffic analyses, gathering input from the community on design elements, and estimating potential costs.

By August of 2022, the project team provided a final Pre-Design Report and conducted a work session on the next steps for the project with the Transportation Advisory Board and the City Commission. After hearing a summary of community input and the traffic and environmental analyses, City Commission directed staff to move into the design phase of the project.

Based on pre-design comments, analysis, and City Commission direction, the project team has moved into the design phase of the project. During this phase, a thirty percent (30%) design has been developed and the project team is ready to share it with the community. At this stage, the basic layout and some key details have been outlined, but the design will become more refined as it progresses into the 60% design (estimated completion September 2024) and 90% design phases (estimated completion January 2025).


Existing Conditions in the Fowler Connection Area. This image is an aerial view of the Fowler Avenue Corridor and shows which gaps will be completed during this project. Some future sections will require new intersections with local streets and paths.



The Fowler Avenue Connection Project will connect Fowler Avenue from Oak Street to Huffine Lane. This project has moved into the design phase. Thanks so much to all who have followed along and given feedback on this project so far.

Based on pre-design comments, analysis, and City Commission direction, the project team has moved into the design phase of the project. During this phase, a 30% design has been developed and the project team is ready to share with the community. The 30% design Plans are located under the documents section on the right hand side of the page. Please reach out if you have trouble locating them.

We recognize there may be questions regarding the 30% design plans, so we’ve set up a Q&A forum on the website. Simply navigate to the Q&A Session tab below and post your questions. Our team will respond so everyone can see the conversation.

As the project moves throughout the design phase, the project team will continue to keep you informed throughout this next phase and let you know about upcoming opportunities to provide your input.

Register to participate in the online Q & A forum and receive email updates from the team. Thank you for your interest in this project. We’re glad you’re here!


A little background on the project:

The Fowler Avenue connection project kicked off with the pre-design phase in the fall of 2021. During this phase, the project team focused on understanding existing conditions along the corridor, including environmental and traffic analyses, gathering input from the community on design elements, and estimating potential costs.

By August of 2022, the project team provided a final Pre-Design Report and conducted a work session on the next steps for the project with the Transportation Advisory Board and the City Commission. After hearing a summary of community input and the traffic and environmental analyses, City Commission directed staff to move into the design phase of the project.

Based on pre-design comments, analysis, and City Commission direction, the project team has moved into the design phase of the project. During this phase, a thirty percent (30%) design has been developed and the project team is ready to share it with the community. At this stage, the basic layout and some key details have been outlined, but the design will become more refined as it progresses into the 60% design (estimated completion September 2024) and 90% design phases (estimated completion January 2025).


Existing Conditions in the Fowler Connection Area. This image is an aerial view of the Fowler Avenue Corridor and shows which gaps will be completed during this project. Some future sections will require new intersections with local streets and paths.



Q & A Session

The Fowler Avenue Connection project has moved into the design phase and we appreciate all who have followed along and given feedback on this project so far. We recognize there may be many questions out there and we want to provide a space for you to ask those questions and get the answers you are seeking. This virtual platform serves as an open space for community members to seek clarification, ponder perspectives, and gain insights directly from the project team. Whether it's inquiries about construction timelines, environmental impact assessments, or community benefits, the forum offers a convenient avenue for dialogue, ensuring the community is well-informed and your questions are addressed comprehensively. 

As always, questions will be heavily moderated so please be respectful of your neighbors. Thank you! 

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  • Share I have noted that the 30% design specified left turn lanes connecting Fowler to all the east-west streets in Harvest Creek. This looks a bit redundant with the exception of Annie St. which is continued on to the new high school. Connecting the other five Harvest Creek streets to Fowler as well as left turn lanes at each of them is hardly necessary. New Holland Drive serves this purpose. By connecting these five streets to Fowler you are increasing the cost of the project by perhaps $250K for each street. These five streets have been dead end streets for 20 years. All that is necessary is to run the sidewalk along Fowler closing the dead end street. I also believe that adding all these left turn lanes and connecting the streets will increase the possibility of accidents. By closing the five streets there is absolutely no possibility of any accident these five streets. Sincerely, Victor H. Hanson on Facebook Share I have noted that the 30% design specified left turn lanes connecting Fowler to all the east-west streets in Harvest Creek. This looks a bit redundant with the exception of Annie St. which is continued on to the new high school. Connecting the other five Harvest Creek streets to Fowler as well as left turn lanes at each of them is hardly necessary. New Holland Drive serves this purpose. By connecting these five streets to Fowler you are increasing the cost of the project by perhaps $250K for each street. These five streets have been dead end streets for 20 years. All that is necessary is to run the sidewalk along Fowler closing the dead end street. I also believe that adding all these left turn lanes and connecting the streets will increase the possibility of accidents. By closing the five streets there is absolutely no possibility of any accident these five streets. Sincerely, Victor H. Hanson on Twitter Share I have noted that the 30% design specified left turn lanes connecting Fowler to all the east-west streets in Harvest Creek. This looks a bit redundant with the exception of Annie St. which is continued on to the new high school. Connecting the other five Harvest Creek streets to Fowler as well as left turn lanes at each of them is hardly necessary. New Holland Drive serves this purpose. By connecting these five streets to Fowler you are increasing the cost of the project by perhaps $250K for each street. These five streets have been dead end streets for 20 years. All that is necessary is to run the sidewalk along Fowler closing the dead end street. I also believe that adding all these left turn lanes and connecting the streets will increase the possibility of accidents. By closing the five streets there is absolutely no possibility of any accident these five streets. Sincerely, Victor H. Hanson on Linkedin Email I have noted that the 30% design specified left turn lanes connecting Fowler to all the east-west streets in Harvest Creek. This looks a bit redundant with the exception of Annie St. which is continued on to the new high school. Connecting the other five Harvest Creek streets to Fowler as well as left turn lanes at each of them is hardly necessary. New Holland Drive serves this purpose. By connecting these five streets to Fowler you are increasing the cost of the project by perhaps $250K for each street. These five streets have been dead end streets for 20 years. All that is necessary is to run the sidewalk along Fowler closing the dead end street. I also believe that adding all these left turn lanes and connecting the streets will increase the possibility of accidents. By closing the five streets there is absolutely no possibility of any accident these five streets. Sincerely, Victor H. Hanson link

    I have noted that the 30% design specified left turn lanes connecting Fowler to all the east-west streets in Harvest Creek. This looks a bit redundant with the exception of Annie St. which is continued on to the new high school. Connecting the other five Harvest Creek streets to Fowler as well as left turn lanes at each of them is hardly necessary. New Holland Drive serves this purpose. By connecting these five streets to Fowler you are increasing the cost of the project by perhaps $250K for each street. These five streets have been dead end streets for 20 years. All that is necessary is to run the sidewalk along Fowler closing the dead end street. I also believe that adding all these left turn lanes and connecting the streets will increase the possibility of accidents. By closing the five streets there is absolutely no possibility of any accident these five streets. Sincerely, Victor H. Hanson

    bznvic asked 18 days ago

    Thank you for sharing your concerns about the 30% design plans for Fowler Avenue. We appreciate your detailed feedback and understand the points you've raised regarding the left turn lanes and connections to the east-west streets in Harvest Creek. Here’s why these design decisions have been proposed in the 30% Design plans:

    Traffic Distribution: By connecting multiple streets to Fowler Avenue, we aim to distribute traffic more evenly across the network. This helps to prevent congestion on any single street, such as New Holland Drive, and improves overall traffic flow.

    Accessibility and Connectivity: Enhanced connectivity provides better access for residents, emergency services, and school-related traffic, especially considering the new high school off of Annie Street. This is crucial for ensuring safe and efficient travel throughout the neighborhood. In addition, Fowler is considered a minor arterial, so the intent is to collect the majority of the Northbound and Southbound traffic from the neighborhoods in the area. For this to be successful, the local streets would need to be connected.

    Safety Considerations: While it's true that more intersections can potentially lead to more vehicular conflicts, proper design and traffic control measures can mitigate these risks. Adding left turn lanes with adequate signage and potentially signalization can improve safety by providing designated spaces for turning, reducing the likelihood of rear-end collisions and other common traffic incidents.

    Cost-Benefit Analysis: The initial investment in connecting these streets may seem high, but the long-term benefits of improved traffic flow, reduced congestion, and better emergency response times can justify these costs. We aim to balance the upfront expenses with long-term community benefits.

    In the next phase of the project we are going to evaluate the secondary impacts of these connections. This includes looking at whether traffic control, such as four way stop signs or traffic calming, such as curb extensions or traffic circles, would be needed. Your input, along with feedback from other residents, is crucial in refining these plans. We will review the concerns about potential costs and accident risks with our design team to see if adjustments or additional safety measures are necessary.

    We are committed to making Fowler Avenue a safe, efficient, and well-connected corridor for all residents. Your feedback helps us achieve that goal, and we encourage you to stay engaged as the project progresses. Thank you again for your valuable insights.

  • Share Can you review the dates and phases of the project? on Facebook Share Can you review the dates and phases of the project? on Twitter Share Can you review the dates and phases of the project? on Linkedin Email Can you review the dates and phases of the project? link

    Can you review the dates and phases of the project?

    29 days ago

    Phase one, the north section from Oak to Durston is currently expected to go to construction in 2026. Phase two from Durston to Babcock in 2027. Phase three Babcock to Huffine in 2028. The intersection of Huffine and Fowler could potentially start in 2029. All dates and timing are subject to change.

  • Share Will the City build fencing along the boundaries with private property so walkers/bikers/dogs/etc. don’t trespass? on Facebook Share Will the City build fencing along the boundaries with private property so walkers/bikers/dogs/etc. don’t trespass? on Twitter Share Will the City build fencing along the boundaries with private property so walkers/bikers/dogs/etc. don’t trespass? on Linkedin Email Will the City build fencing along the boundaries with private property so walkers/bikers/dogs/etc. don’t trespass? link

    Will the City build fencing along the boundaries with private property so walkers/bikers/dogs/etc. don’t trespass?

    29 days ago

    Typically, the City does not build fences along private property. At this time there are no plans to build fencing along the private property boundaries.

  • Share Where on the west side of town are we going to have a green walking/biking only avenue? on Facebook Share Where on the west side of town are we going to have a green walking/biking only avenue? on Twitter Share Where on the west side of town are we going to have a green walking/biking only avenue? on Linkedin Email Where on the west side of town are we going to have a green walking/biking only avenue? link

    Where on the west side of town are we going to have a green walking/biking only avenue?

    29 days ago

    The City’s Parks Department anticipates to begin master planning for an “anchor route” (please refer to the Parks, Recreation, and Active Transportation (PRAT) Plan) along existing and future portions of the greenway from Bozeman Pond Park north to East Valley Center. An additional anchor route has been identified in the PRAT plan west of the Fowler corridor.

  • Share Can the plan be amended to provide more buffer and noise barriers by eliminating one of the two recreation trails? Do we really need two? on Facebook Share Can the plan be amended to provide more buffer and noise barriers by eliminating one of the two recreation trails? Do we really need two? on Twitter Share Can the plan be amended to provide more buffer and noise barriers by eliminating one of the two recreation trails? Do we really need two? on Linkedin Email Can the plan be amended to provide more buffer and noise barriers by eliminating one of the two recreation trails? Do we really need two? link

    Can the plan be amended to provide more buffer and noise barriers by eliminating one of the two recreation trails? Do we really need two?

    29 days ago

    At this time, we intend to continue the shared-use paths on either side of Fowler between Durston and Oak. In addition, we hope to use mounds, topography, trees, and vegetation in lieu of fences in order to buffer the road from the adjacent neighborhoods. Those detailed design type discussions will take place during the 60% and 90% design phases.

  • Share How many trees will you remove? on Facebook Share How many trees will you remove? on Twitter Share How many trees will you remove? on Linkedin Email How many trees will you remove? link

    How many trees will you remove?

    29 days ago

    Between the Durston and Babcock section, we expect to preserve approximately 150 of the existing 200 trees. In addition, we will be adding 250 new trees to the corridor.

  • Share What happens 60% to 100% project phases? on Facebook Share What happens 60% to 100% project phases? on Twitter Share What happens 60% to 100% project phases? on Linkedin Email What happens 60% to 100% project phases? link

    What happens 60% to 100% project phases?

    29 days ago

    During the 60% and 90% design phases, our project team will dive deeper into design, examining and refining details such as intersection crossings, boulevard trees, stormwater, and all the fine details required prior to construction.

  • Share Future expansion to include more lanes? i.e. between Babcock and Durston? on Facebook Share Future expansion to include more lanes? i.e. between Babcock and Durston? on Twitter Share Future expansion to include more lanes? i.e. between Babcock and Durston? on Linkedin Email Future expansion to include more lanes? i.e. between Babcock and Durston? link

    Future expansion to include more lanes? i.e. between Babcock and Durston?

    29 days ago

    We don’t expect, even in our most aggressive traffic projections, to require any more capacity than what is currently proposed.

  • Share How is this being paid for and who pays for it? What is the tax impact for a home valued at $200,000? How much will our taxes go up to build this road? on Facebook Share How is this being paid for and who pays for it? What is the tax impact for a home valued at $200,000? How much will our taxes go up to build this road? on Twitter Share How is this being paid for and who pays for it? What is the tax impact for a home valued at $200,000? How much will our taxes go up to build this road? on Linkedin Email How is this being paid for and who pays for it? What is the tax impact for a home valued at $200,000? How much will our taxes go up to build this road? link

    How is this being paid for and who pays for it? What is the tax impact for a home valued at $200,000? How much will our taxes go up to build this road?

    29 days ago

    There are two main sources of funding for this project. The first primary source is street impact fees. These impact fees are paid by developers the time they pull building permits. Those fees are determined based on traffic impact demand their development is expected to generate. A stipulation of the fee is that those funds can only be used for “capacity expanding projects,” such as the Fowler Avenue Connection. The other source of funding for this project is from the “arterial and collector district” assessment fee. This is an assessment fee already established on the property owner’s tax bill. No general fund property taxes will go towards paying for this project.

    Only the “arterial and collector district” portion of your tax assessment will be used to complete this project. Primary funding will be through Street Impact Fees paid by development. No property taxes nor Street Maintenance District funds will be used. 

    The city’s current 5-yr Capital Improvement Plan for the Arterial and Collector District is balanced without need to increase rates specifically for this project.

  • Share Is property along Fowler to the East being annexed? What development will be on that property? Multi-plex housing? Commercial? on Facebook Share Is property along Fowler to the East being annexed? What development will be on that property? Multi-plex housing? Commercial? on Twitter Share Is property along Fowler to the East being annexed? What development will be on that property? Multi-plex housing? Commercial? on Linkedin Email Is property along Fowler to the East being annexed? What development will be on that property? Multi-plex housing? Commercial? link

    Is property along Fowler to the East being annexed? What development will be on that property? Multi-plex housing? Commercial?

    29 days ago

    There are three main private property owners along the corridor that the City is currently working with on right-of-way acquisition. We have been in discussion with these owners for the last two years and those discussions will continue until all parties can come to agreeable terms. The city has no intention of forcing these parcels to be annexed and is not aware of any formal plans for development in those private parcels.

    There is a City owned parcel to the east of Fowler just south of Oak. At this time there have been no commitments on that parcel development. In the past, the City Commission has instructed staff to investigate potential affordable housing options for that location but no direction has been decided. Any development of this lot would be guided by community engagement focused specifically on potential affordable housing options.

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