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Kalispell City Council looks to add additional parking

Posted at 7:27 AM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-11 09:27:24-04

KALISPELL – The City of Kalispell would like to bring more convenient parking to downtown.

The city council was briefed with some possible ways to reconfigure the streets to provide more parking on Monday evening.

Kalispell City Manager Tom Jentz City says Kalispell needs more parking but unlike Missoula, Bozeman and Billings — which have parking garages — the city would like to avoid significant construction expense.

Jentz says a 20-space parking structure can cost upwards of $20,000 to $30,000.

The council heard from the Kalispell Public Works Department an analysis from a year-long look on whether the area would benefit from changes parking layouts — including moving to diagonal parking on some streets near downtown to add additional parking.

Jentz says that First, Third and Fifth streets on both sides of Main Street are wider streets and he feels that Third and Fifth are good candidates for an increase in parking.

-Nicole Miller reporting for MTN News