EAST HELENA – Members of the public got a chance Tuesday to get a closer look at the safety improvements coming to the East Helena viaduct on US-12.

The Montana Department of Transportation announced plans to install concrete barriers on the viaduct to prevent cars from crossing into oncoming traffic, which they say has been one of the biggest causes of crashes.

Tuesday afternoon and into the evening, organizers with MDT and civil engineering company DOWL hosted a public meeting to answer questions about the project. According to organizers, the 3 p.m. presentation drew in about 30 people.

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DOWL senior planner Chris Deverniero said the meeting went well and that people had many questions about the work.

“I was very well received today. The public was very engaged, asking questions, very curious about the project details in particular,” Deverniero said.

Workers will also add a raised median to the center of the roadway as well new lighting, improved signage and a new surface treatment to improve traction and reduce skidding.

The project is slated to begin in April or May with the bulk of the work happening between July and November.