The Billings Outpost

Route bypasses nothing

I went to the open house where an engineering firm out of Denver gave a presentation about the latest chosen Billings bypass route.

The bypass a presented was nothing but a ring of “baloney.” It is not a bypass by any stretch of the imagination.

The proposed highway would go straight through a residential zoned single-family area for at least two miles with no buffer zone from interstate traffic. It ruins a nature park and wildlife refuge at the end of Mary Street where there are hiking paths, bike paths and a scenic view of the Yellowstone River.

The plane ride I reviewed revealed the new interstate truck route that would connect Highway 312 where it will meet Billings Heights Main Street, already the busiest street in Montana.

This is “not” a bypass route. It bypasses nothing. It will ruin the lifestyles for all homes on Mary Street and many streets nearby.

George Graham

Billings

 

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