Montana pre-research tips

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#11 Post by flight50 » 07 Dec 2018 23:17

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#12 Post by coring » 19 Dec 2018 22:54

I remember I-15 from Great Falls up to the border as surprisingly desolate, mostly just prairie and farms. I guess not alot of traffic goes up to Calgary/Banff via I-15 :shock:.

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#13 Post by Izmaragon » 26 Dec 2018 19:10

As one who grew up in the state and traveled back there numerous times. The most desolate highway through the state is State Highway 200, which generally slices right through the middle of the state.

Information on Montana's roads Also, be aware that I-90's speed limits are 75mph from Idaho line to St. Regis[I-90]. After which it becomes 80mph outside of major city areas, which iirc are limited to 60 or 65mph. Included in this are I-15 and I-94. While it may be officially stated that 80 is for most highways, the photo is possibly off kilter in the night speed. as the chart below states, truck speed is 65mph.

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Other highways such as US 2 are 70mph day 60mph night

This Chart here show the highway speeds the best.

School zone speed limits, not that we really need them, but as a useful aside to know, are 15 mph. Yes, 15 miles per hour.

City speeds are 25-45mph depending on city size and road type and population density.


As I've said before a long time back, garage placement should be geographically distributed. The best place for a garage in the upper northeast corner of the state would be Sidney, MT or possibly Wolf Point, but there are no cities in that area over 10k in population anymore. And yet, small trucking firms do exist there, It may not be very urban by European standards, but I believe the area could support one garage.

Possible Garage locations other than the obvious sites:

Havre, MT A college and railroad town, actually has a walmart and a k-mart. Best bet for a garage in the north central area.

Sidney, MT. Already mentioned, best eastern MT site for a garage. afaik, there's a sugar cane plant there and a MDU power plant, some railroad also.

Anyway, later. My words here should be taken with a dose of salt, you will find the links provided more helpful.
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#14 Post by supersobes » 26 Dec 2018 22:14

How are the night speed limits enforced? What counts as night and daytime in terms of the speed limit? Are there certain hours? Is it effected by the visibility? Does the sunset/sunrise time dictate when the speed limit changes? I was just wondering this because it occurred to me that in the evening and morning some drivers and/or law enforcement might have different perspective as what counts as night, so there are probably rules that say when the speed limit changes.

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#15 Post by Izmaragon » 31 Dec 2018 02:56

I would guess it is regulated by when the sun rises/sets. I've watched trucking videos where at least for heavy haul type truckers, driving is limited to roughly either 30-60min before or after sunrise/sunset depending on the state or province. As for the night speed, it would be most logical that it would be regulated by the sunrise sunset and a 30 minute or so window before or after the time of the sun.

Yes, I'm guessing on the parameters because I haven't lived there for a long time. And your consideration is very correct that different areas could have their own considerations. Mountain regions versus plains for instance. Obviously if you're between Missoula and Great Falls on 200, night speed would be a bit earlier than if you were east of Great Falls due to being in the mountain country. But that's just logic there.

On the plains, in the middle of summer, on Montana's Highline, sunrise and sunset in the summer can make for an extremely long day. From what I recall in the 80s, sunsets would last till at least 10pm at night in the summer and sunrises would start around 4am during that time of year as well. Mountains and even moderately hilly terrain would make for different times regarding night speed versus day speed.
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#16 Post by joschac2 » 14 Jan 2019 11:37

Kraake wrote:
27 Nov 2018 20:37
flight50 wrote:
13 Nov 2018 18:34
BigRig Travels video. Eye view from a trucker.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Reul6-pmv1s&t=3691s
He's a legend! Some of his videos are really useful.

Thanks

I would also like to recommend Freewayjim
https://www.youtube.com/user/Freewayjim

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#17 Post by Kraake » 14 Jan 2019 13:17

joschac2 wrote:
14 Jan 2019 11:37
I would also like to recommend Freewayjim
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#18 Post by Izmaragon » 15 Jan 2019 19:20

So, More stuff for Montana...

https://www.ci.missoula.mt.us

Missoula, a major hub, mostly university town..

https://www.kalispell.com Kalispell, North of Flathead Lake, Highway 2 goes through it

Flathead Lake, now the largest Freshwater lake in the Lower 48 if you exclude the Great Lakes. Used to be the second largest behind Fort Peck Lake, but as the last few years have declined in runoff, Flathead Lake holds that title now.
https://www.visitmt.com/listings/genera ... -lake.html and Fort Peck Dam and Lake https://www.visitmt.com/listings/genera ... -area.html

While Fort Peck Lake is the largest lake by distance covered, or was, I've personally been to this lake a few times in my youth.

Thats all for now.
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#19 Post by Unknown# » 18 Jan 2019 01:03

Here's some photos of police liveries for the state of Montana: *Link is no longer active*
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#20 Post by NWbyNW » 25 Jan 2019 05:01

Anything you want to know about Montana, I know it like the back of my hand.

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