Status of Framework

The Framework has a complete statewide coverage and is being enhanced on an irregular schedule as providers' data becomes available, as well as web discovery ventures. If you have data you are willing to share I am always open to new sources and partners.

Update -April 3,2014—-
THERE FEATURECLASSE in the "Features" feature dataset; MasterRoads that represent the roads of Montana.

The MasterRoads feature class carries the attributes System and SystemClass to aid in cartography with road types derived from MDT and from the various "road type" attributes provided by data sources. The traditional RoadType and DisplayClass attribute pair has mostly historic road types from the past Roads feature class along with types from data providers. The vast array of values caused me to try through the creation, iteration and final QC of the System and SystemClass attribute pair to arrive at a set of attributes to aid in cartography. The use of the Num and SignType attributes should aid in labeling the highways with numbers and shield types. Please feel compelled to send me corrections, edits or enhancements!!

The zip files have been updated with multiple counties data submissions; Beaverhead, Butte-Silver Bow, Park and Stillwater Counties. THANK YOU!

Runway-Taxiway – Airport-Airfield runways and taxiways are now a featureclass alone. This makes the data more consistent with the Railroads and Trails standing alone as well.

Trails – various non-motorized paths from numerous providers.

RRmilePosts – Montana Rail Link was generous and provided mile post data for their lines.

Bridges RDreferencePosts and Railroads – from Montana Department of Transportation.

Distribution - The Framework is available as an Esri geodatabase version 10.2.1,  shapefile, or as an ArcGIS Server Web Service. Other formats/versions are available upon request by contacting Framework Theme Lead.


The Transportation Theme model contains multi-jurisdictional roads, ramps, bridges and trails features, and supporting tables encompassing Montana. The model is managed through a federated approach, where data from tribal, federal, state, local and private providers is contributed, standardized and then integrated into the model. Using data from these sources assures the best-possible and best-available coverage across the entire state. The layer is continually maturing providing support for a variety of applications.