Northwest Billings Connector (Inner Belt Loop) and Skyline Trail BUILD Grant
The City of Billings was awarded a FY20 BUILD Transportation Grant (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) in September of 2020. The project consists of completing the construction of the Northwest Billings Connector (Inner Belt Loop) from Skyway Drive and Alkali Creek to Highway 3 and the Skyline Trail from the existing multi-use path on the west side of 27th Street pedestrian underpass west to Zimmerman Trail.
The City’s original grant request was for approximately $16.8 million, and in addition to the Inner Belt Loop and Skyline Trail, included the Stagecoach Trail (Zimmerman from Highway 3 to Rimrock Road). Staff was contacted in August by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) ) about how the city could move forward with a reduce grant award. DOT proposed a reduction of grant funds to $10 million. After some negotiation, a final grant award of $11.6 million was agreed to. This amount includes full funding of the Inner Belt Loop and Skyline Trail. The city will be providing $7 million in local funds (arterial and gas tax funds) and Billings TrailNet will provide $80,000.