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Montana approves digital billboards amid continuing national debate

By Bill Holloway The Montana Transportation Commission recently voted 4-1 to allow digital billboards along highways in areas zoned commercial or industrial. The signs were allowed despite substantial public opposition. However, they are subject to a number of restrictions aimed at reducing their

Assessing the Extent and Determinates of Induced Growth (Montana DOT, 2013)

Transportation improvements affect the accessibility of places, which in turn can result in changes in land use in combination with factors that support or discourage development (such as land prices, market demand, local land use regulations, and environmental constraints). Transportation

Montana and North Dakota show need for transit service in rural areas

By Mary Ebeling Transit services provide critical connectivity within and between communities of all sizes—urban and rural. A robust transportation system that includes public transit provides access to goods and services, and economic opportunity for those who cannot, or choose not to, drive.

A small city tries to fund sidewalk improvements

Missoula, Montana—a city of roughly 70,000 people— for decades had a policy similar to many cities of allowing property owners to decide if they wanted a sidewalk, and pay for it themselves. This created city streets that resembled “broken teeth,” where properties with sidewalks were next

Montana tries a biodegradable corrosion inhibitor to save money, reduce maintenance, and be more environmentally friendly

Many states and municipalities are trying new mixtures to keep their roads safe in nasty winter weather. Montana is developing yet another blend to inhibit the corrosion of bridges and vehicles, this time with corn sugar, one product that the U.S. has in abundance. Road salt is notorious for the