Montana: Butte-Silver Bow official seeks local trump card for speed limits on Basin Creek Road

A Butte-Silver Bow commissioner is balking back at the Montana Department of Transportation by seeking a speed-limit change on Basin Creek Road through local ordinance.

The MDT recently set a stretch of that rural road south of town at 35 mph following a study and lengthy bureaucratic process, despite concerns from Commissioner Dan Olsen and area residents who think that’s too fast.

But Olsen says this is one instance when a local government can trump the state, and that’s what he’s pursuing.

“We have local authority to change it,” Olsen, now chairman of the council’s Public Works Committee, said this week. “We have the ability to change the signs from 35 mph to 25 mph.”