Roughly $26 million in federal money from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has been awarded to Montana, and over $7 million will fund projects in Missoula and surrounding areas.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Surface Transportation Block Grant program has announced awards and the second-largest award was $2 million for the yet-to-be-constructed Flynn Lane Trail west of the city core.
The Mullan neighborhood, where this project is located, has seen explosive growth in residential housing units over the last few years. And there are thousands of housing units in various stages of planning for the area as large swaths of empty former farm fields are being subdivided and turned into residential neighborhoods.
The Flynn Lane Trail will provide a connection between Mary Jane Boulevard and Reserve Street in Missoula.
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