Governor Bullock Encourages Everyone to Vote for Montana
Governor Steve Bullock has announced that the Montana Department of Transportation’s Kalispell Bypass-U.S. 93 Alternate Route project is among the 2017 America’s Transportation Awards (ATA) national project finalists.
“From keeping our economy strong, to putting more folks to work and helping businesses expand, it’s heartening to see this much-deserved recognition,” said Governor Bullock. “The economic benefits gained by the development of local construction projects – to towns like Kalispell and all across Montana – should not be overlooked.”
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce scored the Montana project among the three highest in the western regional competition held in June. A panel of experts will select the Grand Prize winner, and the People’s Choice Award will be decided through online voting. Individuals can vote for the Kalispell Bypass project once every 24 hours through Thursday, September 21st on the ATA website.
The Grand Prize and People's Choice award winners will each receive $10,000 from AASHTO to be given on behalf of the winning state to a charity or scholarship fund of the state's choosing. According to Director Tooley, if the Montana Department of Transportation wins, the prize money will go to the Montana Hope Project. The Montana Hope Project is a non-profit organization funded by charitable contributions and is sponsored by the Association of Montana Troopers.
“The fruition of the Kalispell Bypass Project was a historical event for Montana and the community it serves,” said Director Tooley. “It stands as a shining example of the skillful coordination between all project partners to deliver a successful construction project for the public.”
To learn more about the project, visit the Kalispell Bypass Project webpage.