Bernie Sanders' Missoula visit prompts traffic concerns

Bernie Sanders' Missoula visit...

MISSOULA, Mont. - Bernie Sanders, along with U.S. House candidate Rob Quist, will be campaigning at the Adams Center Saturday morning.

The event was originally slated for the Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula. It holds 1,400 people. With more people planning to attend the event, it was moved to the Adams Center, which holds up to 7,500 people.

The surplus of attendees sparked traffic concerns. The biggest -- the Madison Street Bridge. The bridge is still under construction and is reduced to one lane of traffic each direction. The bridge connects downtown Missoula to the University.

Democratic Party officials suggest people to find alternative routes to avoid being late to the event. They say they have 65 volunteers on deck so far to help with many assignments, but the big one is traffic.

Missoula resident Greg Munro says regardless who wins it's important for candidates to travel to different cities to rally.

"I think it's very crucial to do this and get out and touch base with all the people. It's wonderful to have a short campaign," Munro said.

More than 4,000 people are expected to attend the rally, but Democratic Party officials say they think at least a couple thousand more will show up.

Missoula resident Abrei Cloud says Quist already has her vote.

"I think it's is going to bring excitement and motivation. I think that this election is going to kind of come out to turn out, and I am hoping it gets people energized to get out and vote," Cloud said.

Quist faces Republican Greg Gianforte and Libertarian Mark Wicks in Montana’s special election for the state’s lone U.S. House seat.  Ballots are due May 25.

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