The Montana Infrastructure Coalition released major findings on the poor condition of Montana’s roads and bridges.
Montana Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility is a report done by national research group TRIP. It details the state of Montana’s roads and bridges. It also details how the poor state of our roads is costing the Montana economy millions.
Key findings from the report include:
- 34% of major urban roads are in need of repair.
- 18% of Montana’s bridges need to be replaced.
- $794 million is the total cost to Montanans due to driving on deficient roads.
The report also provides data on:
- Urban areas such as Billings, Great Falls, and Missoula.
- Economic and population growth trends.
- Impacts on the state’s transportation infrastructure.
All information points towards a statewide need for replacing infrastructure.
“The Montana Infrastructure Coalition is bringing a balanced package of bills supported by a broad spectrum of Montanans,” said Webb Brown, president and CEO of the Montana Chamber of Commerce. Brown also serves as the Chair of the Montana Infrastructure Coalition. “We expect some tough discussions, but believe Montana’s lawmakers are ready to step to the plate and work on real solutions to these very real problems.”
Improving infrastructure is a major component of the Montana Chamber’s ten-year strategic plan Envision 2026. The Montana Chamber of Commerce is partnering with organizations, companies, cities and towns from across the state to meet critical infrastructure needs – including roads, bridges, water, and sewer. The Montana Chamber is leading a broad coalition of organizations such as the AFL-CIO, Montana Contractors Association, and the Montana League of Cities and Towns to find solutions to our infrastructure crisis.
“Conditions will worsen and additional projects will be delayed if greater funding is not made available at the state and local levels,” said Will Wilkins, TRIP’s executive director. “Without adequate investment, Montana’s roads and bridges will become increasingly deteriorated, inefficient and unsafe, hampering economic growth and quality of life.”
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