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Butte to Receive a New Emergency Operations Center

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Governor Steve Bullock signed a bill that will bring a new building to Butte.

The new structure will be home to the Montana Highway Patrol office, the driver's license facility, and a third office.

The new structure will be home to the local driver's license office and the district's Montana Highway Patrol facility.

Currently, both those offices are housed on Wynn Avenue.

"It's a great thing for the Montana Highway Patrol," said Butte-Silver Bow County Chief Executive, Matt Vincent. "It's a great thing for Butte in general. We got a good size construction projects that could create some local jobs."

The new building is part of House Bill 5, also known as the Long Range Building Bill.

The project is estimated to cost $3.2 million.

Half of that will come from the state while the other half will come from local funds.

The new building will still be the home of the driver's license office and the Montana Highway Patrol. It will also be home to a third party.

"It's a new space for the highway department with their highway patrol and driver examiners, and then it will be a new spot for our emergency services department," said Vincent.

While the building will be remodeled, additional space will be built for an emergency operations center.

The new building and the addition of the E.O.C will benefit Butte.

"The long term commitment to have the highway department and examining station located here in Butte," Vincent said. "It's a great new place for us to have even more function from our emergency services department. It's all positive."

The plans for the new building are being finalized now.

County officials say they hope construction begins this year.

The new building will incorporate the current building on Wynn Avenue.

The project will be overseen by the Montana Department of Justice and Butte-Silver Bow County.

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