Originally, the CHS grain elevator sat on the perimeter of Kalispell. Kalispell has grown significantly since that time. Now, heavily used streets, homes, and retail establishments surround the grain elevator. Currently, 2,500 farm trucks each year must navigate narrow roads and increasing traffic to reach CHS’s downtown grain elevator. During the harvest season this is compounded; trucks are often backed up four to five blocks from the elevator.
The Glacier Rail Park is a win-win for the future of Kalispell — stronger industry, a friendlier downtown and safer streets for everyone.
—Bruce Tutvedt, Kalispell Republican, Montana Senate District 3