MTPR

Montana Department of Transportation

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.


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)

Gas and diesel prices ticked up over the weekend as a new state tax went into effect. The new tax will increase every July 1 for the next six years, to fund maintenance on bridges and roads across the state.

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