A new rest area near Three Forks, Montana has been causing a lot of concern among residents that live in the area. The new location is intended to replace a rest area in Bozeman that recently closed.

Bozeman Rest Area Picture
Western Horizon Services

According to a press release from the Montana Department of Transportation, the rest area located on N. 19th Ave. in Bozeman closed permanently on May 1 permanently due to deterioration of the facility and ongoing maintenance issues.

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The new Headwaters Rest Area is currently under construction near Wheat Montana in Three Forks, and locals have shared concerns about an increase in crime that could potentially be associated with the increase in traffic and also, a lack of law enforcement presence in the area.

On the Real Ask Bozeman Facebook Page, some people support the idea of the new rest area, while some are opposed to it. One user claimed that "Bozeman is showing its ugly side again" after closing the rest area and swapping the land for the new location in Three Forks.

Three Forks Rest Area
Montana Department of Transportation

NBC Montana is reporting that officials expect to open the new rest area in Three Forks by this winter. The rest area with provided more space for truck drivers and tourists. The closure of the Bozeman rest area will help ease traffic congestion on N. 19th Ave. has been a major issue for motorists.

Regardless of how you personally feel about it, it's already happening. Residents of Three Forks fought back, but it seems that their complaints fell upon deaf ears. Hopefully, the new rest area won't be too much of a burden on locals.

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