Missoulian: Tester optimistic about federal funds to link Cregg Lane, Wyoming Avenue

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester got a close look Wednesday at the way a $1.825 million earmark would be a boon for Missoula commuters – and the Old Sawmill District.

On an afternoon tour of the site, the Montana Democrat said he is optimistic – albeit not certain – this year’s bid for the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Act appropriation will succeed. The funds would help link Cregg Lane to Wyoming Avenue.

“It’s infrastructure. It’s jobs. It’s a good project,” Tester said. “That’s why I think it has merit.”

With support from Tester, the money got a green light in July from the Senate Appropriations Committee. Action on the bill isn’t expected until after the November elections.

Missoula Redevelopment Agency director Ellen Buchanan and Kevin Mytty, a property owner, led the site tour after an overview of the urban renewal project in the MRA conference room. The discussion started off on an upbeat note.

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