- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Department of Transportation says some highway projects could be put on hold because its revenue is expected to fall $25 million short of budget projects.

The Daily Inter Lake reports (http://bit.ly/21WhRXE ) that department director Mike Tooley says the budget took a hit from a drop in trucking fees and state fuel tax revenue. Together, those sources make up about 34 percent of the department’s income.

Tooley says the department is re-evaluating lower-priority projects to make up for the missing money. Projects along the interstate highway system will be given top priority, followed by state highways and then secondary state roads.

He says projects financed mostly by federal money, like Kalispell’s U.S. 93 bypass, won’t be affected.

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Information from: Daily Inter Lake, http://www.dailyinterlake.com

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