State Route 43 in Montana
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Highway 43 (MT-43) is a state route in the U.S. state of Montana. The road forms an east-west route in the western part of the state, from Lost Trail Pass to I-15 south of Butte. Highway 43 is 124 kilometers long.
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Highway 43 begins at the 2,138-foot Lost Trail Pass of US 93, located on the border with the state of Idaho. In fact, Highway 43 briefly passes through Idaho and heads east through the Bitterroot Range, and barely a mile away over the 2,210-foot Chief Joseph Pass. The area is initially densely wooded, but then enters a wide and barren valley around Wisdom. Highway 43 then follows the Big Hole River north, parallel to the Continental Divide. Highway 43 later curves east again, following the river and then terminating south of the town of Butte on Interstate 15.
Highway 43 originally ran through this area as well, but a different route from Wisdom to Anaconda. The section between Lost Trail Pass and Wisdom was part of Highway 36, which ran east-west to Dillon. In 1935 the road was unpaved. From the 1940s, the section from the Lost Trail Pass to US 93 south of Butte became the through connection, first appearing on the official state highway map as Highway 43 in 1950. The first section was paved in 1951., a stretch of about 40 kilometers from US 93 to the west. By 1957 the road from US 93 to Wisdom had been paved. In 1963-1964 the section between the Lost Trail Pass and Wisdom was paved.
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Every day, 300 vehicles travel between the Lost Trail Pass and Wisdom, rising to 700 to 800 vehicles from Wisdom to I-15.
State Route 47 in Montana
Highway 47 (MT-47) is a state route in the U.S. state of Montana. The road forms a north-south route in the southeast of the state, between Custer and Hardin, and thus between I-94 and I-90. Highway 47 is 47 kilometers long.
Highway 47 begins east of the village of Custer at a junction with Interstate 94 and then heads south through the Bighorn River valley. The road is the only road in the region and does not cross any other roads between the start and end point, nor are there any other places on the route. Highway 47 ends at Hardin on Interstate 90.
Highway 47 was one of Montana’s original state highways. The road was quite important as a connection between US 10 and US 87, so traffic did not have to drive through Billings. In the 1930s it was a gravel road. A small section was paved from Hardin to the north around 1941, but most of the route was paved later, during the 1950s from south to north. By 1959, the entirety of Highway 47 was paved.
Between 400 and 800 vehicles use Highway 47 every day.
State Route 59 in Montana
Highway 59 (MT-59) is a state route in the U.S. state of Montana. The road forms a north-south route in the east of the state, from the Wyoming border at Biddle through Miles City to Jordan. Highway 59 is 314 kilometers long.
Highway 59 south of Jordan.
Highway 59 is a continuation of State Route 59 in Wyoming from Gillette. The road heads north across the barren steppe that dominates Eastern Montana. After about 40 kilometers you reach the village of Broadus where you cross the US 212. The road continues north through very sparsely populated areas, Highway 59 is often the only paved road in the region. For 120 kilometers, Highway 59 heads north across steppe and badlands to Miles City.
Miles City is the main place on the route, connecting to Interstate 94 and crossing the Yellowstone River. From Miles City, the road then continues for another 80 miles through very sparsely populated countryside to the northwest. The road leads over bare steppe, there are hardly any trees growing. Highway 59 is also the only paved road in this region. Just before the village of Jordan, Highway 59 ends at Highway 200.
The road largely has its origin in Highway 22, a state highway that ran from the border with Wyoming at Alzada to the border with Canada at Opheim. The section between Broadus and Jordan coincided with today’s Highway 59. This section was asphalted circa 1936-1937, at the time it was one of the first north-south roads in Eastern Montana to be asphalted over large distances. In 1939, the section between Broadus and Miles City became part of US 212. The section south of Broadus became part of Secondary Highway 319 in the 1950s, which had been paved by 1967.
US 212 was renumbered as US 312 between Broadus and Miles City in 1962. In 1981, US 312 was scrapped and the road south of Miles City was renumbered Highway 59. Later in the 1980s, the section between Miles City and Jordan was also renumbered Highway 59. Along with WYO 59 in Wyoming, a 349-mile north-south route from Douglas, Wyoming to Jordan, Montana was created that was numbered Highway 59.
Every day, 600 to 700 vehicles drive the southern portion between the Wyoming and Broadus border. The section from Broadus to Miles City has 700 to 1,100 vehicles per day. The bridge over the Yellowstone River in Miles City handles 2,300 vehicles per day. Further north, only 200 to 300 vehicles drive as far as Jordan.