Tester Secures Nearly $32 Million for I-90 Bridges in Western Montana

Funding comes from the Senator’s bipartisan infrastructure law

As a direct result of his bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), U.S. Senator Jon Tester today secured $31,977,319 to replace and rehabilitate aging infrastructure on I-90 in Mineral County. This funding comes from the Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant (MPDG) program, which Tester established through the IIJA.

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.

“Many of Montana’s aging roads, bridges, and highways are overdue for some serious maintenance – and repairing them is critically important to ensure folks can get from place to place safely,” said Tester. “I’m proud to have secured this funding to repair and replace vital infrastructure along I-90 in Mineral County, and I’m looking forward to seeing these critical updates connect these rural communities, improve interstate safety, and lower costs in Western Montana.”

The funding announcement follows Tester’s letter of support for Mineral County’s MPDG funding application, and will go towards reconstruction of 5.7 miles of eastbound and westbound I-90 as a part of the Taft-West project as well as replacement of structures on westbound I-90 at Old Highway 10, Clark Fork River, and Cyr as part of the Alberton Bridge project.

Tester secured significant wins for Montana in the IIJA, 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.