Interstate 15 in Montana
In the U.S. state of Montana, Interstate 15 (I-15) continues onward from Idaho for nearly 400 miles (640 km) through the cities of Butte, Helena and Great Falls, intersecting with Interstate 90, Interstate 115 and Interstate 315. Interstate 15 reaches its northern terminus at the international border with Alberta, Canada.
I-15 highlighted in red
|Maintained by MDT|
|Length||396.030 mi (637.349 km)|
|Counties||Beaverhead, Madison, Silver Bow, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Cascade, Teton, Pondera, Toole|
I-15 crosses into Montana from Idaho just south of Lima Reservoir, before the route continues northwest through farmland and desert. The freeway turns north at Clark Canyon Reservoir, before turning northeast. In the town of Dillon, I-15 passes near Clark's Lookout State Park before beginning to parallel the Big Hole River. The freeway then turns away from the river, continuing northeast along Divide Creek through the desert, before splitting away from the creek and heading north. I-15 eventually merges into I-90 at a trumpet interchange.
I-15 and I-90 run concurrently through the city of Butte, coming first to an interchange with I-115, signed as Business Loop 15 and Business Loop 90. I-15 and I-90 pass through a green area in the middle of the city, before I-15 splits off to the northeast on the eastern end of the town. The freeway goes through the forest and plains north of I-90 before winding along Bison Creek and later the Boulder River. I-15 passes through the town of Basin before leaving the mountains and providing access to Boulder. Paralleling Beavertown Creek, the road winds through the hills before passing through Jefferson City. The freeway continues into Helena, where I-15 intersects US 12 and runs concurrently with US 287 through the outskirts of the city before continuing north through the plains.
I-15 and US 287 continue along Little Prickly Pear Creek before passing through the town of Wolf Creek after several miles. Northeast of there, US 287 continues north, while I-15 runs close to the Missouri River. The freeway provides access to Cascade and then continues through the plains through Ulm before turning northeast into the city of Great Falls. I-315 and US 89 intersect with I-15 at a trumpet interchange, and US 89 continues north and then northwest along I-15 for a few miles before continuing to the west. I-15 continues northwest through farmland before passing near Dutton and Brady, and the city of Conrad. US 2 intersects I-15 in the town of Shelby. The freeway passes through the town of Sunburst, then passes through a final stretch of farmland. Eventually, Interstate 15 passes through the last town before Canada, Sweet Grass, and then crosses the international border, becoming Alberta Highway 4.
In 1996, Interstate 15 between Helena and Sweet Grass was renamed the "First Special Service Force Memorial Highway". It was chosen because it was the route taken in 1942 by the Canadian volunteers to join their American counterparts for training at Fort Harrison.
|Monida Pass||0.000||0.000||Continuation into Idaho|
|Beaverhead||||9.544||15.360||9||Snowline (ranch access)|
|||51.199||82.397||51||Dalys||Southbound exit and northbound entrance only|
|||75.046||120.775||74||Apex, Birch Creek|
|Silver Bow||||99.266||159.753||99||Moose Creek Road|
|||119.970||193.073||119||Hub Access – Silver Bow|
|||121.462||195.474||121||South end of I-90 overlap; I-90 east exit 219; left exits; left entrance northbound|
|Butte||124.319||200.072||124||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|127.961||205.933||127||Signed as exits 127A and 127B northbound; I-15 Bus./I-90 Bus. not signed northbound|
|129.498||208.407||129||North end of I-90 overlap; I-90 west exit 227; left exits; left entrance southbound|
|||159.831||257.223||160||High Ore Road|
|Lewis and Clark||Helena||189.986||305.753||190||South Helena, Nob Hill area|
|191.602||308.354||192||South end of US 287 overlap|
|||208.573||335.666||209||Gates of the Mountains|
|||218.667||351.910||219||Spring Creek||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|||228.022||366.966||228||North end of US 287 overlap|
|Great Falls||276.889||445.610||277||Great Falls International Airport|
|278.063||447.499||278||South end of US 89/MT 200 overlap|
|281.631||453.241||282||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|||289.607||466.077||290||North end of US 89/MT 200 overlap|
|Toole||||356.788||574.195||358||Golf Course Road, Marias Valley Road|
|Sweet Grass||395.770||636.930||397||Sweetgrass (S-214)|
|396.030||637.349||Sweetgrass-Coutts Border Crossing; Canada–United States border|
|Continuation into Alberta|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Staff (2011). Montana Road Log (PDF) (Report). Montana Department of Transportation. pp. 2–8. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
- Google (December 22, 2013). "Interstate 15 in Montana" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
- "Highway renaming set for this weekend". The Lethbridge Herald. September 15, 1999. p. 4. Retrieved February 20, 2017 – via NewspaperArchive.com.