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DOT Secretary Buttigieg: RAISE program is "modernizing America’s transportation systems"

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Montana has been awarded $41 million through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Act to improve the safety, stability, accessibility, affordability and sustainability of the transportation system.

The Biden-Harris administration is awarding these funds to four Montana projects "that modernize roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports and intermodal transportation, the Department of Transportation said, according to an Aug. 11 NBC Montana story.

“We are proud to support so many outstanding infrastructure projects in communities large and small, modernizing America’s transportation systems to make them safer, more affordable, more accessible and more sustainable,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said, according to NBC Montana. “Using funds from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this year we are supporting more projects than ever before.”

Columbia Falls is set to receive $10 million to fund the reconstruction of approximately 1.3 miles of roadway, as well as approximately 1.7 miles of new sidewalks, NBC Montana reported. The money will also be used to fund nearly a mile of buffered multi-use pathways, numerous intersections, parking and ADA access in Columbia Falls' downtown region. The move will provide the city with safe, accessible transportation corridors, reduce emissions and promote efficient energy with the renovation of deteriorated water mains.

The Chippewa Tribe will receive $2.1 million for a project funding a Corridor Planning Study to evaluate Route 6 on Rocky Boy's Reservation. The Tribe is responsible for managing the planning and upkeep of all Reservation roads, among other partners, according to NBC Montana.

Lake County will be given $12.9 million toward the reconstruction and renovation of Dublin Gulch and North Reservoir Roads, as well as approximately 1.3 miles of Lower Moise Valley Roads, NBC Montana reported. The project will involve improving the quality of groundwater and surface water used for irrigation in an attempt to strengthen environmental sustainability.

Finally, $15.8 million will be given to the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, according to NBC Montana. The money will be used to fund the reconstruction of 3.1 miles of gravel road on the Rosebud Cut-Across, adding a two-lane paved route with two-foot shoulders, geometric improvements, safety enhancements, improved signage and a separated multimodal pedestrian and bicycle pathway.

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