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MDT looks to improve Kalispell intersection

Posted at 7:20 PM, Oct 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 00:03:54-04

KALISPELL — The Montana Department of Transportation is seeking public input on how to improve an intersection in Kalispell that has seen several incidents over the years.

Bob Vosen with MDT says numerous accidents have happened at the intersection of Woodland and Conrad Avenue in Kalispell. Vosen attributes the accidents to the intersection's odd configuration.

The intersection is a three-way stop with a yield, something Vosen says causes major confusion among drivers.

MDT will host an open house about the intersection on October 28th at the ImagineIF Library in Kalispell from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. MDT is seeking public comment on the possibility of changing the intersection to a mini roundabout.

Vosen tells MTN that approaching the intersection from the east side is even more dangerous because of the odd angle of the street.

"There's not a flat landing as you approach the landing. That's one of the reasons we're cognizant of the fact that there is a steep grade coming from the east, so we're going to try and incorporate some corrections to that in the project," Vosen said.

Since the intersection poses safety concerns, Vosen claims funding for the project would come out of the department's federal safety program.