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U.S. Transportation Secretary Slater Announces $6.1 Million for Montana in Highway Discretionary Funds

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Slater Announces $6.1 Million for Montana in Highway Discretionary Funds

Federal Highway Administration
November 2, 2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 2, 2000
Contact: Jim Pinkelman
Tel.: 202-366-0660
FHWA 88-00

U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater today said that Montana will receive $6.1 million in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) discretionary funds.

"President Clinton and Vice President Gore recognize the need for continued strategic investment that will improve America’s transportation system," Secretary Slater said. "This funding will strengthen our transportation system, create jobs in Montana, and yield significant dividends in terms of safety, mobility, environmental protection and economic growth."

Grants were provided to Montana in three categories. The categories, number of grants and the totals provided, are:

  • Public Lands Highways, four grants for a total of $4.3 million;
  • The Transportation and Community and System Preservation Pilot Program (TCSP), three grants for a total of $1.3 million;
  • Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program, one grant for $459,000.

    Public Lands Highways grants provide funds for the construction of highways on public lands such as national parks.

    TCSP, a key component of the Clinton-Gore administration’s livability agenda, is an initiative that assists communities as they work to solve interrelated problems involving transportation, land development, environmental protection, public safety and economic development.

    The Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program provides funds to help states and municipalities incorporate innovative materials and materials technologies in their bridge projects.

    FHWA discretionary funds are made available upon selection by the Secretary of Transportation after requests from states for funds for projects that meet criteria established by federal law and U.S. Department of Transportation regulations and procedures. Congress also makes decisions on some grants.

    Further information about the projects is on the Internet at .

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