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Kalispell has received $12.7 million in federal funds to expand a section of the Highway 93 Bypass outside of town.

The U.S. Department of Transportation BUILD grant will expand a two-mile stretch from two to four lanes and remove the roundabout at Foys Lake Road.

Montana's 2018 infrastructure report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
American Society of Civil Engineers

There’s been some improvement in Montana’s roads, bridges and other public works projects since 2014, but they’re still generally in mediocre shape. That’s according to a new report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers. It gave Montana a ‘C’ grade Thursday in its latest analysis of public infrastructure here.

Railroad crossing.

In a year when news of railroad crashes and train derailments from around the country have jumped into headlines, new data show railroad accidents in Montana are declining at a faster pace than most of the Northwest region.

Electric vehicle charging station.
Flathead Electric Co-Op

The Flathead Electric Co-op Monday announced a new pilot program to bring electric vehicle charging stations to the Flathead Valley.

The Co-op installed the Valley’s first electric vehicle charging stations at its headquarters in Kalispell in 2015. Now it’s hoping to partner with a few local business to install about dozen more.

Montana Vehicle Registration Fees Rise In 2018

Jan 3, 2018

Montanans are required to pay a little more to register their vehicles starting in 2018.

State lawmakers approved the fee hikes in their last session. Basically it means a 3 percent hike for all transactions involving all motor vehicles starting in the New Year. The cost depends on the age of your car or truck. 

American Airlines plane.
Stock photo (PD)

Missoula is getting more direct flights next summer. American Airlines and the Missoula International Airport announced Monday that direct service will begin in June: a seasonal route from Chicago and a year-round direct connection with Dallas.

Airport deputy director Brian Ellestad says that this has been a long time coming.

Due to budget cuts, some state park roads that are normally plowed in winter will only be accessible by foot this season.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has closed vehicle access to some state parks in northwest Montana this winter due to state budget cuts.

Lots of snow and some colder weather are headed for western Montana this week.
National Weather Service Missoula

Montana’s stable – some could argue, boring – late fall weather is going to take a drastic turn this week.

“It sure has been boring and it’s about to get very un-boring, very quickly," according to National Weather Service Meteorologist LeeAnn Allegretto.

A new tax on airplane fuel is nearing a final vote in the Montana Legislature.

United Airlines will offer direct flights next year from Missoula and Kalispell to Los Angeles. The new seasonal daily service begins in early June.

Missoula International Airport Deputy Director Brian Ellestad says it will be a real boon for Montana.

School bus in Colstrip, MT.
Amy Martin

The transportation block grants Montana pays to school districts are one of the sources Governor Steve Bullock is looking at to help fill Montana’s budget shortfall. Eliminating those grants in 2019 would save the state nearly $12 million.

But not all school districts have a reserve fund to fall back on. Some that do can’t sustain the loss over an extended period of time.