Big construction on the way for Highway 2


KALISPELL, Mont. - The Montana Department of Transportation plans to resurface Highway 2 within Columbia Falls' city limits. It is the same highway that leads to Glacier National Park.

The Columbia Falls Public Works department said the state is planning on starting construction July 1. That's during peak tourism time for Flathead County and the park.

The project will not only create problems on the roadways, but also noise problems for those who live near the highway.

In addition to the street renovation, the sidewalks will also be jack-hammered and replaced.

The work will create some level of noise for at least 500 homes and two hotels around the highway.

Columbia Falls City Council granted permission for the project to be worked on from the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Residents are worried about the noise and have mixed reactions on the timing of the project.

"I don't think that's a good idea in the middle of summer. There's a lot of traffic," Columbia Falls resident Melinda Berger said.

"That's really wrong to do, but when else could they do it? I mean, summer is the only time we have; look at the long winter," Columbia Falls resident Phyllis Wheaton said.

City officials say despite the unfortunate timing it's the only time to get the project done.

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