90-6-210. Coal area highway reconstruction program. (1) The department of transportation, within the area designated as the eastern Montana coal field economic growth center as certified to the secretary of transportation by the governor under 23 U.S.C. 143, shall prepare a special construction program for the reconstruction of deficient sections of these highways in consultation with the governing bodies of the counties in the area.
(2) The department of transportation shall expedite the planning and reconstruction program for projects on the designated portions within this area by using funds allocated under this section and any federal funds that may be made available to match those funds. Until federal funds are made available to match the funds allocated under this section, the department of transportation may, upon approval of the Montana state transportation commission, expend funds for planning and reconstruction projects with or without assurance from the federal government that unmatched state expenditures will be retroactively recognized for matching purposes.
(3) Funds allocated under this section may not be used to match apportionments made for primary and secondary highway systems, as those terms are defined in 60-1-103; however, this section may not be construed to prohibit the implementation of projects otherwise funded by apportionments made under 60-3-205 or 60-3-206. In addition, planning and reconstruction projects may be financed in whole or in part by public and private funds provided that the projects conform to the applicable standards, regulations, and procedures of the department of transportation and the federal highway administration.