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Gov. Brian Schweitzer will travel through western Montana on Monday, visiting with local officials about projects that have been on hold since his administration put a freeze on $3.5 million in local stimulus projects.

Schweitzer's tour starts in Missoula, where he'll discuss the Big Flat Road project with county commissioners at 9 a.m. in Room 201 of the courthouse annex.

Other stops and topics:

  • Stevensville Town Hall, 11 a.m., repair the Town Hall roof.
  • Philipsburg City Hall, 1 p.m., replace water and sewer lines in Philipsburg and street repairs and park maintenance in Drummond.
  • Anaconda/Deer Lodge Courthouse in Anaconda, 2:30 p.m., streetlight renovation project.
  • Walkerville Town Hall, 4 p.m., street improvements.

Schweitzer has said that money for the projects could be freed up after the state cut a deal to sell coal rights at Otter Creek in southeastern Montana for $85 million.

"We want to talk to these counties and cities about budget issues and make sure everybody's above board and the projects are ready to go," said Jayson O'Neill, a Schweitzer spokesman. "There's a lot of tough choices going on right now."

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