Petition against bridge project gathers support


KALISPELL, Mont. - Opponents of a Flathead Lake bridge project say they've gathered 400 signatures from people who want the project canned.

A developer wants to build a bridge from his land just off Holt Drive on the shore of Flathead Lake in Bigfork, to a small island.

The county ordered a stop to the project, because the bridge was going to be longer than the permit allowed.

There are other reasons opponents don't like it. Opponents claim it will cut off water access.

"The bridge needs to be removed.  It was permitted, we think, illegally.  It's a public nuisance.  It's an unfortunate chain of circumstances that led to the bridge being permitted.  It was a mistake and I think this is a great time to reassess," said Bigfork resident Dave Hadden.

The bridge developer is allowed to apply for an amended permit for the bridge. If he makes sure it meets the standards spelled out in the original permit, the project will continue. He has until next March to do that.

If he doesn't get one, the pillars currently in place will have to be removed.

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