The Montana Transportation Commission and Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) use a transparent,
data-driven asset management process to distribute limited funding to address highway improvement
needs on Montana's major highways.
Based on overall policy goals and actions established through TranPlan 21, Montana's statewide transportation plan, the Performance Programming Process (P3) uses safety, congestion, bridge, and pavement data from MDT's management systems to help the Commission and MDT determine the most cost-effective distribution of Federal and State funding to highway systems and improvement categories. MDT's District Administrators then propose projects, based on public input, that conform to these overall funding distribution decisions.
The public has an additional opportunity to comment on proposed projects through the annual Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), a five-year list of projects. Finally, MDT adjusts the schedule of projects through the Tentative Construction Program (TCP) annually to reflect funding constraints or delays in project development.
MDT also uses information from its management systems and input from the public during the development of Corridor Planning Studies.
Transportation Plans provide State, local, and tribal governments with a valuable way to determine and
address future transportation needs in their jurisdictions based on public input and technical analysis.
Traffic studies examine traffic volumes and patterns on a specific roadway or corridor.