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Skyway Drive is Now Open

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The first phase of the Inner Belt Loop, named Skyway Drive, is open to traffic.

"I think one of the great aspects is having the dog park here over on the other side we're going to be putting the disc golf course,” said Denis Pitman, Ward 2 city councilman. “So this is going to be a new entryway into the Heights and it's very exciting."

Back in November, workers broke ground on phase one of the Inner Belt Loop connecting Wicks Lane to Alkali Creek Road. Work for the project gained momentum after the Father's Day tornado in 2011.

"So if anything ever catastrophic happened on Main Street, we'd be fairly isolated,” Pitman said. “So finding alternate ways for traffic to be relieved, for people to get in and out and that's even including your safety, your fire trucks, your ambulances. Having more access in and out of the heights during critical times is very important."

"This is just another transportation mode to help us get to the Heights and it's going to alleviate some of the traffic issues too,” said Billings Police Chief Rich St. John. “And we can space the traffic out, slow people down a bit. It’s just going to be safer for everybody."

The new road also has a bike trail for residents to use.

Councilman Pitman says the next step is getting funding for phase two of the Inner Belt Loop, which would connect to Highway 3.

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