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OPG Transportation Division - Google Earth Files

If you currently use Google Earth version 4 or above you can download these files and view them using Google Earth. We recognize that Google Earth cannot be run on many computers, so any available files will only include the information available in the maps from the section above.

To download and install Google Earth please visit Google. Small Google Earth logo linked to

You must save the file to your computer and open it using Google Earth. Once the file is opened, Google Earth should zoom to the extent of the file. By double clicking on an element, i.e. traffic count station, you will zoom to that element and the information will be displayed. Example screenshot.

***If you have problems viewing our files, you may need to change the Graphics Mode in Google Earth to OpenGL. To change your Google Earth settings, click on Tools => Options => 3D View tab. Change the setting in Graphics Mode to OpenGL if it isn't already checked (screenshot). This should clean up any erroneous lines that may appear in the DirectX mode.***

The files typically contain three components: features, feature labels and information points. Features represent the data and must be turned on. Feature labels tend to clutter up the map and should be turned off until needed. Information points contain the data associated with the feature. The information points can be turned off until you zoom into the area of interest. Example Screenshot.

Download instructions:

Right-click on the hyperlink and choose Save Target As. Save the file to your desktop. Select "All Files" from Save As Type drop-down. Once the download has completed, you can open the file in Google Earth.

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If you have trouble with the download please contact David Gray.

Montana Department of Transportation (MDT)


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