state lawmaker has given up on his push to carve a four-lane highway across the
state’s Hi-Line as a means of sparking economic growth.
Kitzenberg, R-Glasgow, said state transportation officials convinced him his
measure forbidding the state from building anything but a four-lane U.S. 2
would prevent a host of projects already planned for the highway.
shut everything down,” including construction work needed to make the aging
two-lane highway safer, he told The Associated Press.
said he is more optimistic than he was before because Gov. Brian Schweitzer and
the Transportation Department director, Jim Lynch, support the idea of someday
forging a four-lane U.S. 2 across northern Montana.
said MDT has about $200 million worth of U.S. 2 work in various stages of
planning. The projects are scheduled over the next four years.
in the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee prior to Kitzenberg’s