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Tim Marchant documents a decomposed deer along Highway 200 in Montana as part of Adventure Scientists’ Ride for Roadkill data collection project, Oct. 2019.
Aaron Bolton / Montana Public Radio

A new citizen-science project is attempting to help Montana transportation and wildlife officials gain a better understanding of hotspots for wildlife crossings and fatal collisions with vehicles along state highways. The project is calling on bicyclists to survey over 130,000 miles of road for roadkill over the next three years.

With almost a death a day, this June has been the deadliest in a decade for Montana roadways.

Causes of known and probable documented mortalities of grizzly bear in the NCDE.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks


On Tuesday, grizzly bear managers announced that a representative from Montana’s Department of Transportation will be joining their committee in hopes of reducing a growing number of bear deaths on highways.

A 60-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in eastern Montana reopened Tuesday afternoon although water remains on the highway in some areas.

The Montana Department of Transportation says one lane is open in both directions.

A map showing the location of a proposed roundabout for the Dern-Springcreek intersection in Kalispell.
Montana Department of Transportation


An intersection west of Kalispell has clocked 50 crashes in the past 11 years. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) says a new roundabout could bring that number down. MDT will make its case at an open house this week. 

Official NWS forecast Feb. 14, 2019.
Weather Forecast Office Missoula, MT.

All westbound lanes of Interstate 90 between St. Regis and the state line at Lookout Pass are now reopened for traffic.

Multiple avalanches and the threat of more slides disrupted highway traffic along that 34 miles stretch of critical highway since Wednesday afternoon.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Audits of how the state Department of Transportation is spending gas tax money found the agency needs to better document its reasons for choosing certain projects and be more efficient in spending maintenance money.

A culvert near Rogers Pass which failed due to flooding closed Highway 200 in Montana this week.
Montana Department of Transportation

Part of Highway 200 reopened this afternoon clearing the route between Missoula and Great Falls. The section of the road near Rogers Pass was closed  for several days following flooding in the area on Tuesday.

Brent Colbert, a captain with the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s office, says the highway reopened a little after 3 o'clock Friday afternoon.

Revenue generated from the increased gas tax Montana lawmakers passed last year collected more than $6 million in its first four months.
Rusty Clark (CC-BY-NC-2)

The increased gas tax Montana lawmakers passed last year collected more than $6 million in its first four months. That money is going to city and county governments to pay for roads, bridges and other street maintenance projects. But changes at the federal level could leave local projects in limbo.

Northwestern Energy

Ready or not, a massive winter storm is bearing down on Montana.


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