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New Three Forks rest area opens with truck-friendly amenities and security

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is introducing a new rest area near Three Forks come Friday, April 5th, complete with a Law Enforcement Office. The Headwaters Rest Area, opening at 9 a.m., offers a slate of amenities tailored for truck drivers and travelers alike.

What's new: Replacing the dated Bozeman rest area, this facility features 35 spots for trucks and RVs, 22 for passenger vehicles, advanced license plate cameras, and a whole lot more:

  • The Law Enforcement Office will be used by Broadwater County Sheriff, Montana Highway Patrol, and MDT Motor Carrier Services.
  • Additional amenities include a fenced area for pets, full LED lighting for all pedestrian zones, and eight private bathrooms.

Why it matters: With truckers often on the lookout for safe, well-organized spots to rest, the rest area's advanced features and oversight are poised to meet this need.

MDT believes the setup, enabling local law enforcement to easily survey and patrol the area, will boost safety for the trucking community and locals using the space.

Security is a top priority too, as indicated by measures like infrared-illuminated license plate cameras designed to keep an eye on comings and goings at the rest area entrances and exits.

The Headwaters Rest Area is set for its grand opening in just a few days, marking it as a potentially significant pit stop for truckers navigating US 287 and I-90.

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