Tester Secures $24 Million to Expand Bozeman’s Kagy Boulevard from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
Funds to widen boulevard, install multi-use path, pave way for housing development
As a direct result from his bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), U.S. Senator Jon Tester today secured $24,289,622 in Rural Surface Transportation Grant funding to reconstruct Kagy Boulevard in Bozeman by widening lanes, creating a multi-use path, and improving safety features.
Tester worked with five Republicans and four Democrats to negotiate the IIJA and was the only member of Montana’s Congressional delegation to vote for the bill.
“As Gallatin County continues to grow, it’s critical that Bozeman has the infrastructure needed to support small businesses and keep families connected,” said Tester. “Widening Kagy Boulevard will support the development of critically needed new affordable housing in the area and means that students will have easier access to MSU, rush hour traffic will be cut significantly, and gamedays at Bobcat Stadium will be better than ever. I was proud to secure these resources through my Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and I look forward to seeing them put to good use.”
Funding for the Kagy Boulevard expansion comes from the Rural Surface Transportation Grant program, which was created by Senator Tester’s bipartisan IIJA. The project will reconstruct Kagy Boulevard from S 19th Ave to S Wilson Ave, to include two median-separated travel lanes in each direction, turning lanes, a separated 10-ft-wide shared use path, landscaping and street lighting, roundabouts, pedestrian grade separated crossings, and signal modifications.
“We are so grateful that Senator Tester was able to secure money from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to make this happen,” said Bozeman Mayor Cyndy Andrus. “This is the largest transportation grant we have ever received, and it will allow us to rebuild Kagy Boulevard as the city’s safest multimodal corridor with wide shared-use paths, roundabout intersections, and pedestrian tunnels to make crossing the street safer and more comfortable for all. The fact that we can make these critical improvements without relying on local tax dollars is amazing news for Bozeman.”
Last year Tester secured $25 million for the City of Kalispell to upgrade and expand transportation infrastructure in order to support economic growth and increase public safety through the Rural Surface Transportation Grant program.
Tester secured significant wins for Montana in the legislation, including $2.82 billion for Montana’s roads, highways and bridges; $2.5 billion to complete all authorized Indian water rights settlements; $1 billion to complete all authorized rural water projects through the Bureau of Reclamation; $65 billion to deploy broadband to areas across the country that lack internet access and additionally make online connectivity affordable; and $3.37 billion to reduce wildfire risk nationwide, among others. Tester also worked to ensure that all iron, steel, and construction materials used for these projects must be made in America. A full list of Montana provisions in Tester’s bipartisan infrastructure law can be found HERE.