- Bipartisan group announces infrastructure bill agreement reached; measure still needs congressional support
July 5, 2021 - President Joe Biden and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers have forged an agreement on a package that would include $579 billion in new investments for roads and bridges, broadband internet, electric utilities and other items that are considered more traditional infrastructure. The agreement on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework still needs to be considered by both houses of Congress. The plan also includes monies for clean water infrastructure and public transportation systems, and Biden says it was the largest federal investment in public transit in history and the largest federal investment in passenger rail service since the creation of Amtrak. It would also include a network of electric vehicle chargers along highways and in rural and disadvantaged communities.
- Senate Committee Unanimously Advances $303.5 Billion Highway Bill
The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee May 26 approved the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act (STRA) of 2021 by a 20-0 vote. The committee agreed to 19 amendments that could achieve unanimous support, though more than 90 were offered. Bipartisan leaders on the committee commended the legislation for balancing local needs with federal priorities.
- May winter storm to dump feet of snow on Big Sky Country
According to AccuWeather, the storm may dump several feet of snow in both the higher and lower elevations of Big Sky Country and winter storm watches and advisories are currently in effect for parts of Montana.
- Avalanches Trap Bikers on Going-to-the-Sun Road
A party of cyclists from Bigfork became trapped between two avalanches that buried portions of Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road Thursday evening, prompting rangers to successfully execute a roped rescue operation and belay the bikers to safety.
- PHOTOS: WYDOT PLOWING DEEP SNOW TO OPEN SNOWY RANGE ROAD BY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
CASPER, Wyo. — Snow plow crews are working to clear Wyoming Highway 130, known as Snowy Range Road, and Wyoming Highway 70. Both highways are on track to open by Memorial Day weekend, according to WYDOT. In the meantime, the highways remain closed. "Please do NOT drive through road closure gates,” WYDOT says. “There’s still a lot of snow, driving on the closed areas is a safety concern.”