Montana Highway 35

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Montana Highway 35
Route information
Maintained by MDT
Length50.669 mi[1] (81.544 km)
Major junctions
South end US 93 in Polson
North end US 2 at Evergreen
Location
CountiesLake, Flathead
Highway system
MT 28MT 37

Montana Highway 35 (MT 35) is an approximately 51-mile-long (82 km)[2] state highway in the west of the US state of Montana. It begins at U.S. Highway 93 in Polson in the Flathead Indian Reservation and ends at U.S. Highway 2 in Evergreen, the eastern portion of the city of Kalispell. As well as serving the townships along the eastern shore of Flathead Lake, it also serves as a de facto alternative route of US 93 between Polson and Kalispell.

Route description[edit]

MT 35 begins within the Flathead Indian Reservation, in the eastern outskirts of Polson, at an intersection with US 93. Initially, the highway heads east in a straight line. After a few miles, the road takes an abrupt turn northwards as it meets the foothills of the Mission Mountains. Passing Flathead Lake's East Bay, it then forms the eastern boundary of the community of Finley Point. Meeting Skidoo Bay of the lake, MT 35 is then squeezed between the shoreline on its left and the mountain range on its right and is forced by the topography to wind its way northwards between the two. After leaving the Flathead Indian Reservation, the road passes through the community of Woods Bay before crossing from Lake to Flathead County. Very soon afterwards, the highway enters Bigfork and intersects Secondary Highway 209 (S-209), the "Ferndale cutoff", before crossing the Swan River, one of Flathead Lake's tributaries. On the northern outskirts of Bigfork, MT 35 meets the ends of MT 83 and MT 82 in quick succession, before continuing northwards amidst farmland. After zigzagging to the northwest through the community of Creston, MT 35 reaches Haines Junction, the intersection with S-206, which allows motorists to shortcut to the communities further upstream along the Flathead River. MT 35 heads west from this junction and crosses the Flathead River into Evergreen, and intersects with Helena Flats Road and S-317 just before reaching its northern terminus at US 2 soon afterwards; traffic travelling straight-ahead from this point moves onto US 2 westbound towards Kalispell.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
LakePolson0.000.00 US 93 – Kalispell, MissoulaSouthern terminus
FlatheadBigfork30.65049.326 S-209 east – Ferndale
33.54853.990 MT 83 south – Swan Lake, Seeley Lake
33.89054.541 MT 82 west – Somers
44.98572.396 S-206 north – Columbia Falls, Glacier National ParkHaines Junction
Evergreen50.29380.939 S-317 south (Shady Lane)de facto southeast bypass to US 93
50.66981.544 US 2 – Columbia Falls, KalispellNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Montana Department of Transportation (2013). Montana Road Log (PDF). Helena: Montana Department of Transportation. pp. 186–7. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Google (August 4, 2012). "Overview of Montana Highway 35" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 4, 2012.