Dreams. Do. Come. True. The City of Billings is beyond excited to announce that the golden shovels will be breaking ground on the Skyline Trail and the Inner Belt Loop Roadway on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.
This momentous occasion is a result of the unwavering efforts of public and private community stakeholders. Due to their commitment and collaboration, the City was able to secure the highly competitive BUILD grant in addition to City funds and generous donations from the business community and Billings residents.
The Skyline Trail will further extend recreation and active transportation opportunities for the community by connecting existing trails on the iconic Rimrocks. To enhance the trail's appeal, several thoughtful features will be incorporated, including seating areas with stunning views of the city and the Bighorn, Pryor and Beartooth Mountains, interpretive signs detailing the history of the region, paved parking, a MET bus shelter, bike racks, and more.
The Inner Belt Loop is set to become a key connector from the Billings Heights to the west end of town, offering incredible opportunities for commercial and residential growth as well as improving safety and accessibility.
By the end of this construction season, both projects are expected to be completed and ready for their grand debut with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Skyline Trail groundbreaking will take place at 1 p.m. on March 7. To access the event, park along Highway 3 across from the airport water tower.
The Inner Belt Loop groundbreaking will take place one hour later at 2 p.m. near the intersection of Alkali Creek and Skyway Drive. A portion of Alkali Creek will be closed for traffic and open for parking.
Please stay tuned for more updates on Billings Public Works website and Facebook page.