Montana’s director of the Department of Transportation announced that tractor-trailers will still be allowed to run Hwy. 35 near Flathead Lake. The decision was made after several truck-only accidents occurred on the narrow road. Haz-mat loads will also still be allowed access to the roads, reports the Billings Gazette.
A truck wreck in April 2008 spilled thousands of gallons of gasoline near the lake area, requiring evacuation of five family homes that lasted more than a year. The accident spurred residents’ requests for restricted or banned truck travel on the state highway, which runs on the lake’s eastern shore. Area residents have called for restricting truck traffic to the lake’s west-shore highway, U.S. 93, which is both more modern and wider.
Three more single-truck accidents have occurred along Hwy. 35 in the past year and a half.