State Route 5 in Montana
Highway 5 (MT-5) is a state route in the U.S. state of Montana. The road forms an east-west route in the far northeast of the state, from Scobey to the North Dakota border at Westby. Highway 5 is 109 kilometers long.
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Highway 5 begins in the village of Scobey at an intersection with Highway 13. The road heads east, first over the flat and slightly cultivated prairies, later through a shallow valley with some badlands. Highway 5 leads through Plentywood, the largest place on the route where Highway 16 is crossed. The road then heads east across the flat prairies to Westby, where it follows the border with the state of North Dakota. Then State Route 5 in North Dakota continues to Crosby.
Highway 5 was one of the original state highways in Montana, but at the time started further west in Opheim. The road was completely unpaved in 1935. By 1937 a large part of the route between Scobey and Plentywood was already paved. At the time, it was one of the few roads in Eastern Montana that was already paved. In 1941 the section between Plentywood and Westby was also asphalted. Highway 5 was also shortened at the time and has since started in Scobey. The road had some agricultural importance, northeastern Montana being somewhat more suitable for farming than many other parts of Eastern Montana.
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Every day 500 to 800 vehicles run between Scobey and Plentywood and 300 to 500 vehicles between Plentywood and Westby.
State Route 64 in Montana
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Highway 64 (MT-64) is a state route in the U.S. state of Montana. The road branches off from US 191 to Big Sky. Highway 64 is 14 kilometers long.
Highway 64 is the access road to the Big Sky Ski Resort in Madison County. The road rises from 1,800 meters at the intersection with US 191 to the Big Sky ski resort at 2,400 meters.
The road was built in the early 1970s when the Big Sky resort was being developed. It is not the highest highway in Montana, but it is one of the highest state highways.
6,000 to 7,000 vehicles use Highway 64 daily. However, use is seasonal.
State Route 66 in Montana
Highway 66 (MT-66) is a state route in the U.S. state of Montana. The road forms a north-south route in the east of the state, from near Landusky to Fort Belknap. Highway 66 is 80 kilometers long.
Highway 66 begins near the hamlet of Landusky at an intersection with US 191 north of the Missouri River and then heads north through the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. The road leads through an area of so-called ‘island ranges’, isolated mountain ranges in the otherwise flat High Plains. The road itself runs at 1,000 to 1,200 meters above sea level, but the forested mountains around are up to 1,700 meters high. The village of Hays is the only place along the route. Highway 66 ends at Fort Belknap on US 2.
The Fort Belknap Indian Reservation has always had a north-south route that was unpaved and unnumbered, via what is roughly today’s Highway 66. The section between Hays and Fort Belknap was paved around 1960 and numbered Secondary Highway 376. In the first half of the 1960s, the southern section of the road between US 191 and Hays was also paved. This coincided with the construction of the new US 191 between Lewistown and Malta. In 1978 the road received its current number.
400 to 900 vehicles use Highway 66 daily.
State Route 7 in Montana
Highway 7 (MT-7) is a state route in the U.S. state of Montana. The road forms a north-south route in the far east of the state, from Ekalaka to Wibaux. Highway 7 is 130 kilometers long.
Highway 7 starts in the village of Ekalaka and does not connect to other major roads here. The road heads northeast, later north across the barren prairies. The road runs a short distance parallel to the border with the state of North Dakota. Highway 7 crosses US 12 in the village of Baker. The road then continues through more cultivated pastureland to Wibaux, a village on Interstate 94, where Highway 7 ends.
Highway 7 was created in 1930 and ran from Ekalaka to Wibaux at the time. Later in the 1930s, the route was extended to Sidney on the Yellowstone River. The road was completely unpaved in 1935 and was largely a dirt road, only the southern part between Ekalaka and Baker was a somewhat better gravel road. The extension to Sidney was shortened to Baker in 1939 and extended again to Wibaux in 1946.
It was not until 1950-1951 that the first part was asphalted, namely between Ekalaka and Baker. In 1956-1957 the section between Baker and Wibaux was asphalted. The road was never extended further south, leaving Carter County without a through north-south route. The part between Alzada and Ekalaka is formed by the Secondary Highway 323.
Every day 400 to 700 vehicles drive between Ekalaka and Baker, 3,400 vehicles in Baker itself and 700 to 800 vehicles between Baker and Wibaux.