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US Transportation Secretary Buttigieg Tours Infrastructure Projects in Western Montana

Buttigieg speaks with an instructor at Missoula College.
Buttigieg speaks with an instructor at Missoula College.
A student at Missoula College shows Buttigieg her work.
A student at Missoula College shows Buttigieg her work.
Secretary Buttigieg and Mayor Davis chat over coffee at Clyde Coffee.
Secretary Buttigieg and Mayor Davis chat over coffee at Clyde Coffee.
Buttigieg participates in a roundtable with CSKT leaders.
Buttigieg participates in a roundtable with CSKT leaders.
Secretary Buttigieg hears about the impact of the wildlife crossing project.
Secretary Buttigieg hears about the impact of the wildlife crossing project.
MISSOULA, MT — As part of the Biden-Harris Administration's ongoing Investing in America Tour, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg traveled to Western Montana to see progress on transportation and infrastructure projects that are underway thanks to President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. During his time in Montana, Buttigieg spoke with local, state, and Tribal leaders and heard about needs in their communities and visited with students and apprentices at the University of Montana.

Buttigieg began his trip to Montana with a visit to the Missoula airport. The airport is receiving unprecedented federal funding from the Biden-Harris Administration to construct a new terminal that will increase its capacity and allow more flight options.

After his visit to the airport, Buttigieg toured the University of Montana’s Missoula College Construction Trades and Technology Program to visit with apprentices and members of the Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers. At the college, he heard about the increase in jobs in the trades available to apprentices thanks to an increase in construction work spurred by the President’s Infrastructure Law.

Buttigieg began his second day in Montana by having a coffee with Missoula Mayor Andrea Davis, where the Secretary heard about the Mayor’s transportation and infrastructure goals.

The Secretary then traveled to the Flathead Reservation, where he took part in a roundtable discussion with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. During this roundtable, Buttigieg heard about the transportation challenges and goals that the Tribe has and discussed progress on several grants that have been awarded to make U.S. 93 safer.

To close out his time in Montana, Buttigieg visited a wildlife crossing on U.S. 93 to highlight funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which will make the transportation corridor safer for everyone. Buttigieg saw the impact of a wildlife crossing before hosting a news conference to highlight his department’s work to address roadway deaths in rural and Tribal communities.

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