Montana Department of Highways, Engineering Division records, 1955-1989  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Montana. Department of Highways
Title
Montana Department of Highways, Engineering Division records
Dates
1955-1989 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.4 linear feet of shelf space
Collection Number
RS 427
Summary
This collection is comprised of records documenting the work of the Engineering Division of the Department of Highways, and includes general correspondence (1969-1987) of the Division Administrator and Assistant Administrator; a file (1956-1965) on the division's occupancy of offices in the State Laboratory Building; Division staff meeting minutes (1981-1985, 1988-1989), monthly construction reports (1979), and engineering reports (1958-1977).
Repository
Montana Historical Society, Research Center Archives
Montana Historical Society Research Center Archives
225 North Roberts
PO Box 201201
Helena MT
59620-1201
Telephone: 406-444-2681
Fax: 406-444-5297
mhslibrary@mt.gov
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Montana State Highway Commission was created in 1913 by the state Legislative Assembly. The original Commission was composed of three members. In 1917 new legislation altered the organization of the Commission by authorizing the appointment of twelve members according to geographic highway districts. Membership was changed again in 1921 to three members appointed by the Governor and in 1941 to five members, also appointed by the Governor. In 1971 the Commission was renamed the Montana Department of Highways, created by Chapter 7 of the Executive Reorganization Act of 1971 and implemented by executive order of the Governor on December 16, 1971. The Department of Highways took over all but the advisory functions of the State Highway Commission.

By 1972, the Department consisted of seven divisions: the Legal Division, Personnel Division, Centralized Services Division, Engineering Division, Motor Pool Division, Gross Vehicle Weight Division, and the Maintenance Division. Each division was headed by an administrator. The Centralized Services Division, Engineering Division, Motor Pool Division, Gross Vehicle Weight Division, and the Maintenance Division were furthered sub-divided into bureaus, headed by Chiefs. In 1991, the Department of Highways became the Department of Transportation.

The Department of Highways Engineering Division was historically responsible for project planning and oversight, including, but not limited to: reporting on project options, preparing feasibility reports, and completing reconnaissance studies. Currently, the Highways and Engineering Division prepares projects for bidding and coordinates highway construction through two primary functions: Preconstruction and Construction. Specific Preconstruction functions are administered by the Bridge, Consultant Design, Engineering Information Services, Environmental Services, Highways, Right-of-Way, and Traffic and Safety bureaus in addition to five District Construction Offices in Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Glendive, and Missoula for budget purposes. Specific Construction functions are administered by the Contract Plans, Construction Engineering Services, Construction Administration Services, and Materials.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Documents in this collection reflect the day-to-day functions of the Engineering Division, and include: staff meeting minutes; correspondence between division heads and administrators, and other MDT departments; and reports on the feasibility of project routes, alternate routes for projects, and economic analyses of project routes. Also included in this collection is a subject file that discusses the State Laboratory Building, and reports by the Project Control Unit (in 1979, a unit of the Engineering Division). One linear foot of maps and building plans are included in this collection. Some of the more significant items in this series include plans of the State Highway Department Building.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Montana Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library before any reproduction use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Item description and date. Collection Title. Collection Number. Box and Folder numbers. Montana Historical Society Research Center, Archives, Helena, Montana.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1-2
Division Administrator (Homer Wheeler and Beckert)
1969-1981
1/3-5
Division Head (Beckert)
1979-1982
1/6
Division Administrator (Don M. Harriott)
1983-1987

MinutesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/7
Division Staff Meetings
1981-1985,1988-1989

ReportsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/8
Construction Project Reports (includes Project Control Unit records and reports)
1979
1/9
Brief Report on Access to Superior, MT
1962
1/10
Design Study Report for Fairfield, E. & W.
1971
1/11
Economic Analysis of Alt. Hwy Routings of I 90 near Missoula
1960
1/12
Economic Analysis of Hwy Routings from Cardwell to Three Forks
1962
1/13
Engineering Brief: McDonald Pass Tunnel Routes, Helena to Elliston
1965
1/14
Engineering Report Comparing Alt. Locations (I15)
1964
1/15
Engineering Report Comparing Alt. Locations (I15)
undated
1/16
Engineering Report Comparing Alt. Locations (I90)
1964
1/17
Engineering Report Comparing Alt. Interchange Locations near Galen
undated
1/18
I90 Route Location Study: Butte to Whitehall
1960
1/19
Mullan – Montana Line Feasibility Study
1963
1/20
Reconnaissance Study, I15: Woodville to Boulder
1966
1/21
Reconnaissance Study, I15: Woodville to Boulder
1966
1/22
Reconnaissance Study, I90: Montana-ID border to Saltese
1962
1/23
Reconnaissance Study: Railroad Grade Separation, Glendive
1976
1/24
Rest Area Study: Great Falls to Sweetgrass
1970
1/25
Route Location Study: MT 40 through Columbia Falls
1970
1/26
Study of Alternative Routes: Lodge Grass through Wyoming
1968
1/27
Supplemental Report Comparing Alt. Interchange Location: I90 near Galen
1966
1/28
US 91 Abandonment Study: Butte
1977

Subject FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/29
“Laboratory Building”
1955-1987

MiscellanyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
Tubes
Drop Inlets
1969-1974
Tubes
Drop Inlets
1975
Tubes
Drop Inlets
1976
Tubes
Drop Inlets
1977
Tubes
Drop Inlets
1978
Tubes
Drop Inlets
1979
Tubes
Drop Inlets
1980
Tubes
“Fin. District 1” (projects in Lincoln, Flathead and Lake Co.)
undated
Tubes
Historic/Significant State Sites by Region
1973
Tubes
Plan for Addition to Montana State Highway Building
1956
Tubes
Montana State Highway Building, New Bldg
1957

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Roads
  • Roads--Montana
  • Transportation--Montana