U.S. 93 Business - Missoula

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U.S. 93 Business follows the former route of U.S. 93 through central Missoula between Reserve Street and Interstate 90. The route overlaps with U.S. 12 (Brooks Street) 1.7 miles northeast from Reserve Street to Stephens Avenue. Stephens Avenue and Orange Street continue the route north 2.3 miles through western reaches of Downtown to Exit 104 of I-90.

The route of U.S. 93 in 1968 follows what is now U.S. 93 Business from U.S. 12 to Broadway (Business Loop I-90). U.S. 93 turned onto former U.S. 10 west alongside Montana Highway 200.

Missoula, MT - 1968
U.S. 93 Business North
U.S. 93 Business (Orange Street) leaves the intersection with Front and Main Streets to travel one block north to junction Business Loop I-90 (Broadway Street / old U.S. 10). Business Loop I-90 follows Broadway Street east through Downtown Missoula to Van Buren Street (U.S. 12) and west to Reserve Street (U.S. 93). Photo taken 09/01/06.
Signs posted on Orange Street north at Broadway Street omit shields for Business Loop I-90 and instead direct motorists northward for the continuation of U.S. 93 Business. Since 2006, the shield assembly pictured here was removed and a new U.S. 93 (without a business banner) assembly was added to the utility pole beyond the Broadway Street mast-arm signal. Photo taken 09/01/06.
An Interstate 90 trailblazer at Pine Street directs motorists northward along U.S. 93 Business (Orange Street) from Downtown to the freeway. Photo taken 09/01/06.
Northbound U.S. 93 Business (Orange Street) at Spruce Street. Photo taken 09/01/06.
The final reassurance marker for U.S. 93 Business precedes Alder Street, where Orange Street reduces to two lanes. Photo taken 09/01/06.
Orange Street lowers into a subway below five Montana Rail Link railroad tracks, two warehouses, and adjacent Railroad and 1st Streets. The underpass has a clearance of 13 feet 8 inches for U.S. 93 Business.1 Photo taken 09/01/06.
Constructed in the 1930s, the steel stringer bridge supporting the original Northern Pacific Railway is 250 feet in length and 396 feet wide. Orange Street travels 1,032 feet through the subway with two 15 foot lanes. A pair of five foot sidewalks accompany U.S. 93 Business through the Orange Street Underpass as well.1 Photo taken 09/01/06.
U.S. 93 Business emerges from the Orange Street Underpass at 2nd Street, just one block south of the diamond interchange with Interstate 90 & Montana 200. Photo taken 09/01/06.
Travelers bound for Interstate 90 & Montana 200 east to Bonner and Butte depart U.S. 93 Business (Orange Street) north. Photo taken 09/01/06.
Orange Street north defaults onto Interstate 90 & Montana 200 west. Signage for U.S. 93 Business ends here, with I-90 carrying the route back to U.S. 93 (Exit 101) in hidden fashion. Photo taken 09/01/06.
U.S. 93 Business South
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An overhead sign assembly precedes intersection between Orange and Broadway Streets (Business Loop I-90) on U.S. 93 Business south. The guide sign alludes to Orange Street as the main line for U.S. 93, directing motorists to Hamilton, the U.S. 93 destination south of Missoula in 47 miles. Photos taken 09/01/06.
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This assembly for U.S. 93 Business south at Business Loop I-90 at Orange and Broadway Streets was removed after 2006. Broadway Street was the former route of both U.S. 10 and Montana 200 through Missoula. It now carries Business Loop I-90 west to Reserve Street (U.S. 93 north) and east to Van Buren Street (U.S. 12 east). Photos taken 09/01/06.
U.S. 93 Business (Orange Street) veers southwest to span the Clark Fork river beyond the intersection with Main and Clark Streets. Photo taken 09/01/06.

Sources:
  1. "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form - Orange Street Underpass." http://mhs.mt.gov/shpo/register/OrangeStreetUnderpass.pdf.


Photo Credits:

09/01/06 by AARoads and Chris Kalina

Connect with:
Interstate 90
Business Loop I-90 - Missoula
U.S. 12

Page Updated 10-17-2013.