Transportation Alternatives

Peaks to Plains Design PC is a leader in the thoughtful planning and design transportation that connects people to places by vehicle, bicycle or by foot. Traveling by vehicle along roadways with attractive landscapes can create a more pleasurable driving experience. Proper design of roadsides contributes to increased highway safety, cleaner storm water runoff and increased property values. Entryway signage and gateway monuments create community identity and promote wayfinding.

Whether you ride a bicycle for commuting or for fun, the proper design of trails and bike lanes can help ensure you arrive there safely. We promote the “Safe Routes to Schools” program, to ensure that kids not only can ride their bike to school, but also have access to helmets, proper training and incentives. Studies have shown that kids who bike or walk to school are more likely to be attentive and alert.

Walking is an activity that people can participate in every day. Peaks to Plains Design works with communities to ensure that their sidewalks are safe and provide accessibility to the places that people want to walk to. Specialists in the design of outdoor accessibility, our staff has specialized training in ADA compliance and its application for urban, rural and park-like areas.

Services provided include:
  • Accessibility analysis and design (ADA)
  • Community gateway enhancements
  • Grant writing
  • Graphic illustrations
  • Highway reclamation plans
  • Non-motorized transportation plans
  • Rest area site design
  • Safe Routes to Schools plans & implementation
  • Storm water management
  • Trail planning and design
Notable projects include:
  • Miles City Long-Range Transportation Plan – Developed a transportation plan to improve existing transportation infrastructure and future travel demands growth.
  • Billings Area Bicycle and Trail Master Plan Update – Researched and gathered data through public facilitation on efforts to increase active bicyclists; creating safer interactions between motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists; and plans on bike trail enhancement throughout Billings.
  • Red Lodge Active Transportation Plan – Evaluate and make recommendations for non-motorized transportation facilities through public facilitation, research, and planning.
  • Baker Montana Project – The design for sidewalk installation with curb replacement, and design of storm water facilities.
  • Ponderosa School Path – Connecting existing subdivisions and Ponderosa Park with Ponderosa School for safe access for students.
  • ZooMontana to Riverfront Park Trail Feasibility Study – Evaluation of a trail corridor alignment connecting approximately four miles of trail from Billings largest park to the Zoo.
  • Lockwood Pedestrian Safety District – Serves as part of the team to develop a non-motorized transportation plan, reviewing priority corridors, analyzing rights-of-way and easement requirements, coordinating utility needs and collaboration with the County and Montana DOT.  Opinions of probable cost were developed for the priority corridors as well as a financing and grant opportunity plan.
  • MetraPark Sidewalks – The design of two accessible walkways, one traversing a 32-foot embankment, and the other twenty-foot drop between an arena and parking lots at the Rimrock Auto Arena in Billings, Montana
  • I-25 Entryway Beautification Casper, Wyoming – Corridor study of eleven interchanges to provide design standards for the Casper area.
  • CY Avenue & Poplar Street  Casper, Wyoming – Designed the layout, grading, planting and irrigation plans to address two vacant corners left over from a skewed highway intersection . Coordinated with the electrical engineers for lighting and WYDOT’s traffic engineers on clear zone requirements, utility coordination and drawings.

Recent Projects