Missoula’s Milwaukee Trail to be used in nationwide rail-trail

Bret Anne Serbin

Missoula could play a central role in establishing a rail-trail that will stretch across western Montana and, eventually, across the country.

Members of a City Council committee on Wednesday supported entering a complex interlocal agreement with six other municipalities to support the Great American Rail Trail section from Butte to the Idaho border.

Some parts of the trail are already built. Others are planned, and still others need to be designed. A portion would go along the Milwaukee Trail in downtown Missoula.

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As part of the agreement, Missoula agrees to commit $2,500 for consultant services to secure a federal grant to study the feasibility of building the trail. That funding would come out of the Missoula Metropolitan Planning Organization, so general fund monies wouldn’t be used.

Missoula and Powell counties would jointly manage the project.

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