Montana Reinvestment Act
US 93 - Victor and South of Victor
The proposed project (6.29 miles) consists of reconstructing and widening the existing two-lane facility to a four and five-lane facility and will complete a larger improvement effort; the U.S. Highway 93 (US 93) - Hamilton to Lolo Corridor through the Bitterroot Valley. US 93 is classified a principal arterial, traversing western Montana in a north-south direction. The corridor spans approximately 30 miles of US 93 between Hamilton and Lolo, Montana.
US 93 is one of the most heavily traveled National Highway System (NHS) routes in Montana, carrying commuter, commercial, and recreational traffic. US 93 serves as a major commuting transportation link between various communities in the Bitterroot Valley and to the City of Missoula, the primary metropolitan employment and economic center of the area. It also serves as the link to the important recreational and tourism resources of Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park. The project is in Ravalli County, which has experienced rapid population growth that has resulted in additional traffic on US 93 in this area.
The US 93 corridor was included in Executive Order 13274 (EO 13274) "Environmental Stewardship and Transportation Infrastructure Project Reviews," signed by President Bush (2002). The intent of EO 13274 is "to enhance environmental stewardship and streamline the environmental review and development of transportation infrastructure projects." One of the charges of EO 13274 included designating "a list of high-priority transportation infrastructure projects that should receive expedited agency reviews". The US 93 corridor in Montana was identified as a priority transportation corridor and MDT has moved forward with plans for improving the corridor.
To reconstruct the roadway to new standards and add additional lanes to address safety and congestion concerns.