Up and over: Tram to Our Lady of the Rockies gets huge boost with OK to cross I-15

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The proposed tram car that would lift people to Our Lady of the Rockies on top of the East Ridge would be similar to the Doppelmayr USA model shown here at Big Sky. Tram supporters have been talking to the company about their plans.

Our Lady of the Rockies stands atop the East Ridge in Butte.

MIKE SMITH

It’s been said for more than three decades: The Lady needs a tram.

Now, with a crucial nod from state and federal highway officials, she’s much closer to getting one.

After several years of talks and analysis, meetings with local backers and countless back-and-forth emails, the Federal Highway Administration and Montana Department of Transportation have

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