Flathead alpine coaster project gets temporary permit

Bret Anne Serbin

A controversial park proposal involving an alpine coaster in Lakeside got a temporary green light from the Montana Department of Transportation on July 14. An alpine slide is a smooth, continuous track used in the summer months, where riders sit atop sleds.

Stevensville company Wilderness Land Holding LLC received a temporary approach permit for its property at mile marker 98 on U.S. Highway 93, where property owners Jessica and Torsten Wedel previously attempted to build an alpine coaster.

The temporary permit grants the Wedels three months of temporary access to their property, even though MDT denied their original approach permit that would have paved the way to build the coaster in early July.

MDT nixed that permit “due to a noted change in use,” at the site, according to MDT Public Relations Specialist Megan Redmond.

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Redmond said part of revoking the permit included a request for more information from the developers, so MDT approved the temporary permit to give the developers an opportunity to gather that additional information. 

Lakeside residents who oppose the project are worried the temporary access will give the developers time to build

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