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Bozeman division of MHP moves into new building

Montana Highway Patrol new Bozeman office in Belgrade.

The Bozeman division of the Montana Highway Patrol is making its home a new office building. Officials moved from 1045 Reeves Road to 39 B Gold Miners Lane in Belgrade on Saturday.

Troopers said that sharing space with tenants at their old office on Reeves Road was a constant problem.

"We've almost tripled the size of the old building," Montana Highway Patrol Sergeant Pat McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin says troopers can respond faster to helping citizens in southwest Montana. The new location is about a mile from Interstate 90 with no traffic lights on the route.

"It's great access for us," he added. "We're to the interstate within two minutes. It's a straight shot."

The department also has a garage for storage now, versus paying for off-site storage, saving taxpayer money.

"Our spare vehicles can stay inside now where they're out of the elements," McLaughlin said. "Make them a little easier to maintain."

Finding the new building isn't that easy. The new building complex address doesn't show up on GPS maps; the location that's available is one in Great Falls.

The force is hoping to hold an open house for the community next year when the weather gets better.

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