Senator Steve Daines hailed last week’s passage of a multi-year highway bill, noting that the bipartisan legislation provides critical support for more than 420 infrastructure projects across Montana. The bill allocates more than $2.2 billion to Montana projects, which were at risk without long-term federal support.

Daines emphasized the importance of this bill to Bozeman, Butte and the surrounding region, which will receive support for numerous projects including:

·       Reconstruction and maintenance on I-15 and I-90
·       Rehabilitation on Harrison Avenue (Butte)
·       Reconstruction on Rouse Ave (Bozeman)
·       Bridger Canyon Rd, MT-86, maintenance (outside Bozeman)
·       Construction on Jackrabbit Ln (Belgrade)
·       Bridge replacement on US-287 in Toston
·       Street improvements to the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park
·       Montana receives a 15 percent increase for the Recreational Trails Program, $1.6M each year

“This five-year highway bill provides the greater Butte and Bozeman region with the certainty needed to make long-term infrastructure investments,” Daines stated. “The long-term funding bill will help start and complete construction on critical projects that support the region’s economic health and will create more good-paying jobs in Butte, Bozeman and surrounding communities. I am proud to support this important bipartisan legislation that provides real results for our communities and our state.”

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act is a five-year surface transportation reauthorization bill. The FAST Act is the longest-term highway bill in 17 years.