KALISPELL — City of Kalispell officials met with public citizens Thursday morning to discuss the first phase of a major plan to improve the city’s transportation infrastructure.
Move 2040 outlines a full range of transportation needs in Kalispell, including mobility for biking, walking and public transportation.
Kalispell residents met with transportation officials to voice concerns and give ideas. The listening session was one of three hosted by the city this week to gather information before they move onto the second phase in May.
Move 2040 Project Manager Wade Kline said the second phase involves finding emerging needs in transportation and predicting what travel will look like in Kalispell in 20 years.
US Census numbers show Flathead County has grown by 11,000 people in the past decade.
“You know here we’re just trying to figure out what’s really not working today, what do we need to fix, the next phase," said Kline. "Phase two will be looking at, 'okay, in 20 years we’re going to have even more significant challenges and how do we start to address those'?”
The final public comment session on the first phase of the project will take place from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce.