U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement upon the completion of the Kalispell Bypass.
“Downtown Kalispell is an economic engine for northwest Montana and the whole state,” Daines stated. “This engine runs on our transportation network, allowing residents, visitors, freight and natural resources to traverse the state. It’s great to see infrastructure growing in Kalispell. This bypass may only add seven miles of road, but it will increase safety downtown and generate efficiency gains impacting the region. Not only will it enable downtown Kalispell to further flourish, it will support the local and regional economy that relies on moving natural resources.”
Daines is a member of both the authorizing and appropriating committees in the U.S. Senate responsible for federal transportation programs – the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations.
Daines was a strong advocate for the FAST Act, a five-year surface transportation reauthorization bill – the first long-term highway funding bill since 2009. The FAST Act provided critical funding for the bypass as well as numerous highway projects across Montana.