Highway lighting ceremony is June 4

By Emily Stifler Explorebigsky.com Managing Editor

BIG SKY – Visitors will soon be able to find their way around Big Sky – and find the community itself – more easily.

After a three-year effort by a group of community leaders, the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce is set to install wayfinding signage around town, as well as a few entry roadway lights at the intersection of U.S. 191 and Lone Mountain Trail.

The contractor, Montana Lines, will start construction around the week of June 3, with a groundbreaking ceremony on June 4 and phase 1 completion in July, according to Big Sky Town Center Project Manager Ryan Hamilton, who is managing the project.

The design and approval process took three years, four governing bodies and jurisdictions, and funding from two resort tax cycles. This included $150,000 in resort tax funding which will cover the first phase – fabrication and installation of 14 signs, about half of the number of permitted signs.

The resort tax board also granted the chamber $60,000 for a project to build and install five entry roadway lights. That project will also be done in July, Hamilton said.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. on June 4, followed by a reception in the lobby of the Big Sky Visitor Center.