Daily Inter Lake: Senator confers with Kalispell officials

After a meeting with the Montana Legislature on Monday, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester visited with Kalispell officials at the Museum at Central School on Wednesday.

“I’m here to listen,” said the Democrat from Big Sandy, who was elected to a second term last November.
He told city officials he wanted to hear of their “challenges, concerns, plans.”

One of the first subjects raised in the broad hourlong conversation was the Kalispell U.S. 93 bypass. After two unsuccessful federal grant requests, Kalispell officials asked if they can expect to see funding to complete the northern half of the bypass.
Kalispell Planning Director Tom Jentz told Tester that land acquisition and engineering for the northern half of the bypass are done, and the project has been broken down into four $8 million phases.

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