Written by The Herald-News
The annual meeting of the Highway 2 Association will be held Friday, Nov. 8, at Uncle Joe's in Havre.
The association represents communities in the U.S. Hwy. 2 corridor, whose prime objective is construction of an adequate transportation system which is needed to accommodate the surge in economic activity in the corridor.
Bob Sivertsen, Highway 2 Association president, stated, "The association has been the voice for highway upgrades since 2001 when SB3 became law that directed the Montana Department of Transportation to construct a four- lane highway (4 For 2) generally along the present route of Hwy. 2, 666 miles."
Sivertsen continued, "MDT in 2001 projected the project would take 30 years for completion. Our focus has been to construct the four-lane one segment at a time with the association's primary focus being eastern Montana where energy development has caused congestion on the highway."
Mike Tooley, director of the Montana Department of Transportation, will be the luncheon speaker.
The annual meeting convenes at 11 a.m. with adjournment at 3 p.m. The agenda includes an update of the past year’s activities as well as a discussion of highway issues, bylaw changes and the election of officers.
The meeting is open to the public.
Sivertsen concluded, "Energy development and a strong agriculture makes northern Montana the lifeblood of the Treasure State by contributing to the projected $400 million surplus in this bi-annum."