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MDT’S Equipment Program Helps Improve Community Air Quality

May 6, 2014


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Diane Myers, (406) 444-7252
Charity Watt, (406) 444-3439

MDT’s equipment program helps improve community air quality

HELENA -- Seventeen Montana communities will be breathing a little
easier with help from the Montana Department of Transportation.  MDT
is again providing assistance to local governments through the
department’s Montana Air & Congestion Initiative (MACI).  The program
is aimed at improving air quality through the use of state-of-the-art
street maintenance equipment.

Communities eligible for the equipment are those in nonattainment
areas of Federal air quality standards for fine dust or are
identified as “at-risk” of experiencing readings that violate the
standards monitored by the Department of Environmental Quality.  
Maintenance equipment includes street sweepers, flush trucks and
deicing equipment.  The local government match for the program is
13.42 percent with MDT providing the balance through federal funds.

Communities will use the new equipment to disperse non-polluting
deicer material in the winter, collect leftover traction sand and
keep streets clean of particulate matter and debris.  

The following is a list of equipment being purchased:  
Butte-Silver Bow	      2 flush trucks	    
Cascade County		      flush truck 
Flathead County 	      mechanical sweeper, 2 combo units      
Gallatin County 	       2 combo units	    
Hamilton			   combo unit		 
Helena				     flush truck 
Kalispell			     flush truck 
Lewis & Clark County	  flush truck 
Lincoln County		       flush truck 
Missoula - city 		  mechanical sweeper	      
Missoula County 	      flush truck 
Polson				     2 combo units	  
Ravalli County			4 combo units	     
Sanders County		      flush truck, 1,800 gallon deicer,
10,000 gallon tank and pump    
Thompson Falls		       small sweeper	    
West Yellowstone	     flush truck 
Whitefish			   1,000 gallon deicer		  

This year, approximately $4.2 million is being invested in equipment
to improve air quality.  MDT developed the MACI program in 1998 to
distribute Federal Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality Improvement
Program funds.