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.