Growing population and tourism strain aging roads in Western Montana.

(Montana – MFP) Growing populations and tourism in western Montana are straining aging roads, leaving state and local governments to fix problems or make improvements with limited funding, according to transportation officials.

While development-driven infrastructure upgrades are nothing new, the Montana Department of Transportation is trying to keep afloat amid what they call “explosive” growth around Missoula and Kalispell.

The state transportation department evaluates projects to determine what improvements to its roads may be necessary, but the agency does not guide nor block development, according to MDT’s Joel Boucher.

As it stands, these areas cannot complete any large infrastructure projects without major federal grants.

This story comes from the Montana Free Press.

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