Sidewalks, Streets & Trails
The City of Billings Public Works Department maintains over 500 miles of streets, alleys, sidewalks and multi-use trails. Operations include maintenance, engineering services and construction management.
The annual CIP program supports these projects through fees for services and special assessments.
Sidewalk Construction & Maintenance
The Public Works Department actively works to identify and correct hazards in our community. These efforts include addressing sidewalk repair or construction needs through the Sidewalk Repair and Construction Programs.
Sidewalk Snow Removal Ordinance
City Ordinance requires property owners to remove snow from public sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours of a snow fall. A fine may be issued if sidewalks are not shoveled. To report sidewalks that have not been shoveled, call the City Complaint Line at 406-657-8267.
The Street-Traffic Division maintains 656 miles of streets and alleys within the City of Billings. Arterial and collector streets are addressed based on priority assessments during each snow weather event. Each snow weather event will effect different street conditions due to differences in temperature, moisture, wind, duration and overall volume of accumulation. It is our goal to allow for safe traffic movement during and after all snow storms.
Residential streets are grouped into designated zone areas to assist in the coordination of snow plowing activities. Routes are plowed in clockwise sequence, beginning in a different zone different zone with each snow weather event as determined by need, weather patterns and previous plowing activities. Follow us on Facebook for updates about plow activity and location updates. We ask that when you see notice of plows entering the area ahead of your location, that you move any vehicles that are parked in the street. Each area takes approximately 24 hours to complete, depending on conditions and access.
Drivers should use caution when traveling near snow plowing equipment that is in operation. Please, use reduced speed and allow the City Operator plenty of room to maneuver.
Reporting a Problem Area
If you would like to report a problem area that may require sanding or plowing, please call the Street / Traffic Division at 406-657-8250 or the Complaint Hotline at 406-657-8267.
During the winter, the Street-Traffic Division monitors street conditions on a 24-hour basis. Day or night, when there is significant existing accumulation from a snow weather event with a forecast of continuing accumulation, crews begin plowing and will continue to plow and sand as needed.
A combination of plowing, sanding and deicing tactics are used to allow the safest possible driving conditions. Maintaining traction is the key to safe traffic flow during the winter months. With temperatures continually fluctuating, causing melting and freezing conditions, sanding is a vital part of our winter operation. Deicing material is mixed with sand to keep the sand from freezing.Once plowing activities are completed, sanding procedures will begin in designated locations as needed. Designated areas include school crosswalks, controlled intersections, curves, bridges and hills. During storm activities, liquid deice is applied to selected arterials, collector streets, and street intersections to prevent snow from bonding to the pavement. Liquid deicing also to provide better traction and to aids in snow removal efforts.
In high traffic through streets were snow accumulation can affect street capacity, snow removal may be required.
The City accomplishes this maintenance with limited resources financed through the City’s Street Maintenance Fund. These funds are collected through the tax statements. The fees for this program make up about $8.00 of the approximately $64.00 in fees for Street-Traffic Services paid each year by property owners.
During a severe snow storm, the city administrator may declare a snow emergency. During a snow emergency the City requests that people do not park vehicles on any designated through street, and refrain from traveling.
Stalled vehicles in the street are difficult to see and may delay emergency vehicles. Vehicles parked along the side may prohibit snow removal and deter emergency vehicle access. The City may remove these vehicles if conditions warrant.
The City operates three motor graders, eleven 5-yard sander / plows, seven 10-yard sander / plows and three de-icing units.
Street lighting in Billings is provided through neighborhood street lighting districts to increase nighttime safety and security. These districts are created under state law and are officially called Special Improvement Light Maintenance Districts (SILMDs). An SILMD can be created through petition with signatures of over 50% of the property owners in an area requesting lights. A district can also be initiated by the City as long as fewer than 50% of the property owners file written protest.
Further details on creating a light district in your neighborhood can be obtained by contacting the City Engineer’s Office at 406-657-8231.
Report a Problem
Generally, if the street light pole in question has a white tag on it with black numbers it is a district managed by Northwestern Energy. If the pole has an orange tag with black numbers it is a district managed by the City. View an interactive map of the light districts within the City limits.
- If the light in question is in a Northwestern district, you can reach them at 888-467-2669.
- If the light in question is in a City district (or you are unsure of the district), you can report it online through the Street Light Reporting Form.
Area Sweeping Program
The Area Sweeping Program allows limited personnel and equipment to efficiently and effectively sweep the City's extensive street system. The current program has five areas defined within the City with an equipment operator assigned to each area.
Public response to the Area Sweeping Program has been positive due to the consistency of the operation, residents becoming familiar with a uniform service and a sweeping frequency that accommodates environmental concerns.
State Maintained Routes
For more than 30 years, the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) has contracted with the City of Billings for street maintenance on state routes. However, beginning in July 2011 the MDT has opted to maintain their own routes. Maintenance includes:
- Ice control
- Sign replacement
- Signal maintenance
- Snow plowing
- Snow removal
- Storm sewer repair
- Street patching
- Street striping
- Vegetation control
Roads Now Maintained by MDT
The following are the roads previously maintained by the City which are now maintained by the MDT:
- Laurel Road from Parkway Lane to the Sixth Street West overpass
- Montana Avenue from the 6th Street West overpass to Division Street
- Division Street from Montana Avenue to First Avenue North
- First Avenue North from Main Street to Division Street
- All of the streets constructed in conjunction with the Sixth Street West overpass
- First Avenue South - Minnesota Avenue connection from Sixth Street West overpass through the North 13th Street overpass to First Avenue North
- North 13th from First Avenue North to Fourth Avenue North
- Fourth Avenue North from North 13th Street to Main Street
- Intersection of First Avenue North, Main Street, and Highway 87 East to 500 feet east on 87 East to the overhead sign
- Main Street from First Avenue North to the southwest side of the Roundup Road turnoff
- North and South 27th Street from the north right-of-way of Belknap Avenue through the roundabout at the intersection of North 27th Street and State Highway 3
- King Avenue from 24th Street West to Mullowney Lane
Please call the MDT at 406-252-4138 for questions or concerns regarding any of the above streets.
Trails around Billings
The trail system throughout the City of Billings is a vital community resource, used for both recreation and commuting, it offers a variety of opportunities for residents to enjoy.
Project Information & Maps
The trail system continues to grow as projects are managed through the City’s Capital Improvement Plan. Learn more at the links below: