As we head into fall, MDT is closing out a successful 2018 construction season.
Thanks to the 2017 legislature, the gasoline and diesel rate increase provided MDT sufficient cash flow to sustain the match for the federal-aid construction program and deliver as planned, which was in jeopardy prior to the 2017 session. The increase does not provide sufficient funding long-term for MDT to expand infrastructure or implement a more robust state-funded construction program. These additional state funds did allow MDT to take advantage of unused spending authority in the national program and award more construction projects than expected from our five-year plan, plus quickly respond to emergency roadway repair projects this past spring due to flooding.
Given the continued pressure on funding, the ebb and flow of the federal highway program, and our commitment to protect the safety and condition of Montana's roads and bridges - MDT will continue to prioritize system preservation and maintenance, and diligently manage state funds.