Commission green lights Lakeside coaster project modifications (copy)


The Montana Transportation Commission approved a pair of developers’ plans for the Flathead Lake Alpine Coaster in Lakeside on Thursday.

The commission gave Jessica and Torsten Wedel the green light to widen U.S. 93 and add a left turn lane into their property, a site that has caused considerable consternation among Lakeside community members.

While some of the developers’ permits are still pending, Jessica Wedel said the Stevensville couple still hope to open by the end of May. 

“As of right now, we don’t know if that’s going to happen,” she said Thursday. The opening date hinges on approval of the final design, which was just recently submitted. 

“We’re not skipping past anything,” she reiterated.

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Numerous public commenters spoke about the Wedels’ project Thursday morning, and two local leaders — Rep. Tanner Smith and County Commissioner Randy Brodehl — both asked the commission to table its decision. 

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