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Whitefish sets sights on new transportation plan

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Posted at 2:39 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 16:41:05-05

KALISPELL — The City of Whitefish is putting together a new transportation plan -- for the first time in 10 years -- to accommodate the growing population.

With a population of around 8,000 people, Whitefish Public Works director Craig Workman says the city is rapidly growing.

He told MTN News that the city is looking to put together a new transportation plan to alleviate some of the ongoing traffic issues.

Workman says the last time the city put together a comprehensive transportation plan was in 2009.

While the city has done minor updates since then, a major update is desperately needed.

The new plan looks at changing roads, adding bike and pedestrian walkways and possibly a public transportation system.

"Peak season, transportation is difficult in Whitefish and so we're looking at opportunities to reduce congestion during the, you know, summer season," Workman explained.

"Any given powder day in January or February Baker is backed all the way up to thirteenth street," he added.

Right now, a consultant is being chosen to come up with designs for this plan. Workman says the hope is to take the plan to the public for comment in April.