Rattlesnake/University Connection (RUX) Phases I & II

2013 - Present

Primary Contact


Phil Gardner (FMP) Monte Sipe (City)


The RUX Trail was constructed to give pedestrians and bikes a safe route to travel from the Lower Rattlesnake neighborhoods to the University of Montana. The 10’-wide asphalt non-motorized trail includes a bridge crossing Rattlesnake Creek. Located between Pine Street at Monroe and Van Buren, it also connects on-street bike routes downtown to the Lower Rattlesnake and the University. Once across Broadway, sidewalk and curb improvements were made and a bicycle lane added to create a safer space for non-motorized traffic to reach the Van Buren Street Bridge.

Corner at Van Buren2

A lease agreement with MRL and an encroachment permit from the Montana Department of Transportation was required to construct the project. The RUX was partly funded by a Western Federal Lands Grant and Montana State Parks House Bill 0005.

Download the RUX Design Circulation document (PDF)

Download the Phase II Project Map (PDF)


  • Western Federal Lands Grant (Phase I)
  • Friends of Missoula Parks
  • City of Missoula
  • Montana Rail Link (MRL)
  • Montana Department of Transporation (MDT)
  • Property Owners