According to a report in The Billings Gazette, Department of Transportation Director Mike Tooley announced the department would scrap plans to build a roundabout at the intersection of State Highway 200 and U.S. Highway 87 North at Grass Range.  Bob Sivertsen, a former state legislator from Havre, led a group opposed to the project.  Republican Montana State Rep. Dan Bartel of Lewistown, also said he’d received correspondence that the project was canceled, but declined to say which state officials wrote the letter or to provide a copy to The Gazette.

MDT has not publicly announced a decision to cancel the project.  Grass Range is a tiny town of 108 residents, sitting on the primary route between the eastern half of the Hi-Line and Billings.  Opponents say Central Montana notched a win against an “arrogant” state agency on Thursday.