Montana Highway 59

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Montana Highway 59 marker

Montana Highway 59
Route information
Maintained by MDT
Length: 195.389 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

Montana Highways

MT 56 MT 64

Highway 59 in the U.S. state of Montana is a route running northerly from the Wyoming state line to an intersection with Highway 200 near the south end of the town of Jordan, a distance of approximately 194 miles (312 km). 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 Highway 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.

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

Route description[edit]

Highway 59 continues as Fence Creek Road from the Wyoming state line across the desert for several miles before running 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, Highway 59 splits off from US 212 and continues northwest and then north through Olive and through meadows. Several miles later, Highway 59 passes through Volborg before entering Miles City and intersecting Interstate 94 (I-94) on Haynes Avenue. The route turns west on Main Street, briefly running concurrently with BL I-94 before turning northwest on North 7th Street and crossing the Yellowstone River. Highway 59 intersects Montana Secondary Highway 489 across from the Miles City Municipal Airport before continuing through the plains of eastern Montana. The road passes through Angela and Cohagen before ending at Highway 200 in Jordan.[2]

History[edit]

The current Highway 59 is an amalgam of three roadway segments that were each formerly numbered separately. The highway south of Broadus was originally designated as Montana Secondary Highway 319. From Broadus to Miles City, the highway was U.S. Route 312 (US 312) until 1981, and Highway 59 north of Miles City was originally Highway 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 intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Powder River   0.000 0.000 WYO 59 south – Gillette Wyoming state line
  8.154 13.123 S-544 east – Belle Creek
  29.304 47.160 US 212 east – Alzada, Belle Fourche South end of US 212 overlap
  31.856 51.267 Powderville (S-398 north)
  33.752 54.319 S-391 south
  36.422 58.616 US 212 west – Billings North end of US 212 overlap
Custer   99.544 160.201 S-332 south (Tongue River Road)
Miles City 110.410 177.688 I‑94 (US 12) – Billings, Bismarck Exit 138 along I-94
112.244 180.639 I‑94 Bus. east / South Montana Avenue (truck route west) south end of I-94 Bus. overlap
112.676 181.334 I‑94 Bus. west (Main Street) / South Seventh Street (truck route east) north end of I-94 Bus. overlap
Pleasant Street (truck route west)
  114.864 184.856 S-489 east – Airport, Kinsey, Pirogue Island State Park
Rosebud Rock Springs 147.653 237.624 S-462 north
Garfield   195.389 314.448 MT 200 – Lewistown, Jordan
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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