About the Department

Courtesy of the Montana Department of Transportation

You can help ensure a safer winter driving experience by being prepared, alert and cautious.

Before you leave, download MDT’s mobile app “MDT Travel Info”  or visit mdt511.com and check your route. If you’re driving and want to check in, pull safely off the road and dial 511. Tune in to local radio stations and watch for variable message signs along the route.


Montana Department of Transportation Tips and Links:

Gravel Road Etiquette

As we enter into warmer, dryer months, please note that traveling our gravel roads requires “Gravel Road Etiquette”

  • Turn your cruise control off
  • Buckle up
  • The slower you drive, the longer our gravel roads will last
  • Slower driving speeds prevent washboards
  • Be courteous and cautious with road dust. Faster driving speeds create more road dust, which creates dangerous driving conditions
  • Be kind to the Grader Operators as they are improving your roads
  • Keep a safe distance between you and the grader
  • Make sure the Grader Operators see you before you pass them
  • Let’s keep Stillwater County beautiful by not throwing garbage out of your vehicle and keeping cigarettes inside your ashtray

For questions or concerns, contact Stillwater County Road & Bridge Department: 406-322-5335



Monday-Thursday: 7:00am-5:30pm

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  I’m located outside of the City of Columbus and I want to close down a road for an event.  What do I need to do?

Answer:  You will need to file an Application for Temporary Street/Road Closure with the Road and Bridge Department.

Question:  When will my road get plowed?

Answer:  Please refer to the Stillwater County Road and Bridge Snow Removal Plan (PDF).

Featured Links


Stillwater County Road & Bridge (Shops)
865 Highway 10 West
PO BOX 715
Columbus, MT 59019


Ben McVittie Superintendent

Kuincy Strecker Administrative Support