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 TranPlanMT, 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)
The annual STIP identifies proposed transportation capital and operating projects for the next five years. Highway project information includes project number, route and reference post, estimated completion year, and a general description of the proposed scope of work.
MDT's Tentative Construction Program (TCP)—a project scheduling process—identifies the general location of highway construction projects planned within the next five years. MDT adjusts the schedule of projects through the 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. View Mapped Study Locations