09.10.20

Daines Secures Over $11 Million for Billings Infrastructure Project

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the City of Billings will receive $11,656,765 in Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant funding for a major infrastructure project. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao called Daines with the good news this morning.

Chao Call

Daines talking to Chao about the BUILD grant.

“This BUILD grant funding will help modernize infrastructure in Billings, and is a big win for the community and jobs,” Daines said. “I’m glad to have secured these funds and I look forward to seeing these projects get started.”

This funding will go towards completing the Northwest Billings Connector and Marathon Loop. Funds will create nearly 25 miles of continuous parkways and improve access to residential and employment areas near Billings International Airport. Daines requested support for the project in late April.

Statements of Support: 

“This is the day we have been hoping and praying for for years.  The city can now get to work on building the iconic Skyline Trail on the Rimrocks overlooking our beautiful valley.  The Inner Belt Loop will connect Billings Heights and West Billings to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion by Metra.  None of this would have happened without the diehard support of Senator Daines, the congressional delegation, and our community partners.  They have our most sincere appreciation. Now let's build this!” - Bill Cole, Mayor, City of Billings

“I want to thank the Trump Administration and especially Senator Daines for the help with securing Build Grant funding for the City of Billings. Billings and Yellowstone County will benefit from the new and improved transportation route. Our contractors will have an opportunity to bid on millions of dollars of construction work, which will allow us to reduce congestion and traffic delays, and improve our transportation system for our residents.” - John Ostlund, Commissioner, Yellowstone County

“When we work together to advocate for our community, this is the result. Over 11 million dollars to highlight and connect the natural beauty of our city, improve our ability to attract talent and new private investment , and further distinguish our community amenities. This brings significant momentum to our economic recovery.” - Steve Arveschoug, Executive Director, Big Sky Economic Development

“Finishing the Inner Belt Loop and building Skyline Trail will not only open up more business opportunities, but significantly improve one of the features that defines Billings--our Rimrocks. We are immensely grateful to Senator Daines and our entire congressional delegation who helped get this BUILD grant application across the finish line.” - Dan Brooks, Director of Business Advocacy, Billings Chamber of Commerce

Background:

On April 27th, 2020, Daines wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Chao in support of Billings receiving the BUILD grant.