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City Commission Wants To Improve West Side Infrastructure

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Bozeman City Commissioners are working on 25 goals they set Monday night that they are hoping to achieve over the next few years.

One of those goals is improving the infrastructure on Bozeman's west side.

A big improvement the commission wants to make is connecting the streets on that side of town.

Right now, a direct route to most of the city from the northwest part of town is nearly impossible with the gaps in development.

Bozeman Deputy Mayor Carson Taylor said the streets weren't connected because the city relied on developers to build streets as they built neighborhoods to save the city money.

"As things get built, the builders would build them, the cost for the increment in the incremental growth is bore by the people moving here and building here," said Taylor.

Taylor said if these streets were connected, it could relieve the congestion on 19th Avenue for people trying to get downtown or to Montana State University.

"If you could also go south on Ferguson, to main street and turn left and get to MSU that way, maybe go Fowler and Garfield, then you have two ways that are built out ready to go and you have half the traffic," said Taylor.

Right now Ferguson ends at West Oak.

But before the streets are connected, Taylor said the commission needs to decide how they are going to pay for building the streets.

"Do we fill them in and get paid back when it is built up my developers or should we just fill them in because it is the right thing to do for traffic flow?" said Taylor.

Connecting the west side streets isn't the only thing the commission hopes to accomplish in the next couple of years.

They want to develop a master sewage plan for the sewer lines on that part of town.

Taylor said while most of Bozeman's sewage goes downhill to the water treatment facility, it doesn't from the west side homes.

"The solution as we grow in that direction is what are called lift plants," said Taylor. "Basically they lift up the sewage and flows with gravity down, but you've got to do the lifting."

He said the city needs to decide where and how big they plan to build a lift station, taking in account future growth.

The city already has a few smaller lift stations in this part of town, but they would consolidate those into a new, larger one.

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