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Highway 59 (MT 59) is a 195.389-mile-long (314.448 km) state highway in the U.S. state of Montana is a route traveling northerly from the Wyoming state line to an intersection with MT 200 near the south end of the town of Jordan. At the Wyoming state line, the road becomes Wyoming Highway 59, which continues south 57 miles (92 km) to the city of Gillette. The landscape traversed by MT 59 is mostly hilly and arid, largely used for open-range grazing; the only major commercial areas are the towns of Broadus and Miles City.

Montana Highway 59 marker

Montana Highway 59
Route information
Maintained by MDT
Length195.389 mi[1] (314.448 km)
Major junctions
South end WYO 59 at Wyoming state line
 
North end MT 200 at Jordan
Location
Counties
Highway system
MT 56MT 64

For approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) in and near Broadus, MT 59 is concurrent with U.S. Route 212 (US 212).

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Route descriptionEdit

MT 59 continues as Fence Creek Road from the Wyoming state line across the desert for several miles before traveling concurrently with US 212 north. The highway enters the town of Broadus as Park Avenue heading north, and turns onto Holt Street, leaving town headed west. Passing by the Broadus Airport and the Rolling Hills Golf Course, MT 59 splits off from US 212 and continues northwest and then north through Olive and through meadows. Several miles later, MT 59 travels through Volborg before entering Miles City and has an interchange with Interstate 94 (I-94) on Haynes Avenue. The route turns west on Main Street, briefly traveling concurrently with I-94 Business (I-94 Bus.) before turning northwest on North 7th Street and crossing the Yellowstone River. MT 59 intersects Montana Secondary Highway 489 (S-489) across from the Miles City Airport before continuing through the plains of eastern Montana. The highway travels through Angela and Cohagen before ending at MT 200 in Jordan.[2]

HistoryEdit

The current MT 59 is an amalgam of three roadway segments that were each formerly numbered separately. The highway south of Broadus was originally designated as S-319. From Broadus to Miles City, the highway was U.S. Route 312 (US 312) until 1981, and MT 59 north of Miles City was originally MT 22. Although US 312 continued west from Miles City to Billings, this was a concurrency with US 10, and only the part between Miles City and Broadus was independent. However, from 1959 to 1962, US 312 extended west to Yellowstone National Park, and its east end was at US 12 in Forsyth. In 1962, US 212, which had ended in Miles City, was rerouted to absorb former US 312 southwest of Billings, and US 312 was extended southeast to Broadus over former US 212.

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
Powder River0.0000.000  WYO 59 south – GilletteWyoming state line; southern terminus
8.15413.123  S-544 east – Belle CreekWestern terminus of S-544
29.30447.160  US 212 east – Alzada, Belle FourcheSouth end of US 212 concurrency
31.85651.267Powderville (S-398 north)Southern terminus of S-398
33.75254.319  S-391 southNorthern terminus of S-391
36.42258.616  US 212 west – BillingsNorth end of US 212 concurrency
Custer99.544160.201  S-332 south (Tongue River Road)Northern terminus of S-332
Miles City110.410177.688  I-94 (US 12) – Billings, BismarckI-94 exit 138
112.244180.639  I-94 Bus. eastSouth end of I-94 Bus. concurrency
112.676181.334  I-94 Bus. west (Main Street)North end of I-94 Bus. concurrency
114.864184.856  S-489 east – Airport, Kinsey, Pirogue Island State ParkWestern terminus of S-489
RosebudRock Springs147.653237.624  S-462 northSouthern terminus of S-462
Garfield195.389314.448  MT 200 – Lewistown, JordanNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Montana Road Log" (PDF). Montana Department of Transportation. 2011. Retrieved December 24, 2013.
  2. ^ Google (December 24, 2013). "Overview map of MT 59" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 24, 2013.

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