On his new website, Montana Gov.
Matt Mead has launched a campaign to highlight his state’s new approach to transportation policy, focusing on his state having “two lanes of highways” on the Alaskan coastline.
The state has been under intense scrutiny in recent years for its lack of a transportation plan.
Last fall, a bill to raise tolls for the Alaska Highway Bridge, the state’s only highway to be funded with toll revenue, died in the legislature after Gov.
Mead vetoed the bill, citing “serious flaws” in its design.
The governor has also criticized other states’ attempts to develop plans to address transportation needs.
He has said the federal government’s “outdated” rules on greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact are preventing the U.S. from meeting its obligations under the Paris Agreement.
“We’re going to be an even bigger leader on climate change than we are on the climate issue,” he said in January.
In a recent interview with the local news outlet KTVZ, Mead said the state had “two lane highways on the border with Alaska,” but said the highways were only a few miles apart.
“I just think we’re going a little bit slower than other places,” he told the outlet.
“When I’m driving through Montana, I’ll be traveling in two lanes and not a few hundred miles.”
Mead has also said he wants the whole nation to know that he has “two great highways, one for people to come and work and live in, and one for cars to come to work and to be productive.”
He said he believes the highway system can be expanded in Montana.
“If we can expand it a little more, if we can improve it, then we’ll be able to help create more jobs and to increase economic growth,” he added.
The Montana Highway Patrol said in a statement that Mead “made an honest attempt to understand the problems and challenges that exist in our state’s transportation system.”
The statement added: “In an attempt to get the conversation going, he focused on a number of topics that would provide an opportunity for the Montana Legislature to act on them.
We wish Governor Mead every success in this endeavor.”