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Environmental Assessment Released on Proposed Missoula College

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For the first time, the public is getting an idea of the impact the proposed Missoula College could have on businesses, community and the environment.

The University of Montana completed a draft environmental assessment for the 155,000 sq. ft building, which would sit on a 7.2 acre site on East Broadway along the Clark Fork River.

Mike Reid, who is the Vice President for Administration and Finance, said that the biggest area of concern involved traffic, parking and pedestrian safety.

"There's a traffic and parking study that was done with the environmental assessment. It has recommendations as it points out those issues, so it's got a complete, comprehensive traffic study and that's also included in the EA and people are welcome to look at that as well," Reid added.

Mitigation measures included reducing the speed limit on East Broadway near the proposed Missoula College site from 45 to 35 mph, as well as installing a rectangular rapid flashing beacon that would alert motorists of pedestrians crossing East Broadway.

UM invites the public to comment on the environmental assessment. If you would like to read the full draft environmental assessment and submit a comment, click here.

After comments are compiled, UM President Royce Engstrom will review them and make a decision about moving forward.

Reid told ABC Fox Montana that if all goes well, site preparations for the new Missoula College could start as soon this summer.

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