MISSOULA — Missoula residents are well aware of safety and traffic concerns on Reserve Street which is why the is hosting a community forum to gather feedback on the road.
City of Missoula Transportation Planning Manager Aaron Wilson says at Wednesday's community forum, the city hopes to answer the question - "What will improve people's experience with Reserve Street?"
"We're really trying to engage people in some education on what we're already doing, and then get that feedback on people's experiences and how they interact with Reserve Street so that we can think about when we get to planning and funding or project development we have a better understanding of what those projects need to do,” Wilson said.
In light of a recent $13 million BUILD grant to develop the land west of Reserve Street, Wilson says accommodating growth pressure is on the city's mind. He added that the forum is only the first step to gather community input. Focus groups and follow up interviews are planned further down the road.
He told MTN News that the long-term goal is to improve safety, and accessibility for all users on Reserve Street.
The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn at 5280 Grant Creek Road. Community member check-in will begin at 5:45 p.m., and the event will begin at 6 p.m. There are only about 60 spots for the forum and while Wilson says they won't turn anyone away, people are urged to register ahead of time online.
The results of the project will be shared at an event to be scheduled later this spring.