Designs for lift system to East Ridge in progress but more time needed (IR print copy)


BUTTE — Backers of a cable transit system that would carry people from the east edge of Butte to Our Lady of the Rockies on the East Ridge have chosen the type of lifts they want and are working with a manufacturer on system designs.

But more initial work is needed for the project to move forward. So, Wednesday night, Butte-Silver Bow commissioners gave the Our Lady of the Rockies organization another two years to obtain permits and meet other final plat conditions needed to establish a base site for a lift system.

Butte-based Water & Environmental Technologies is doing design work for the organization and it is consulting with Doppelmayr USA, which has constructed numerous lift systems in the U.S. and abroad, including one at Big Sky.

“We are probably at 60% design right now,” Steve Anderson, senior engineer at WET, told The Montana Standard. “We have pretty much the basis of everything but there’s a few things that popped up during final design that we need to address … and we felt it better to have a little extension.”

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