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Improvements Coming to the North End of Bend this Fall

BEND, OR — The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will begin work this fall on the long-awaited Bend North Corridor project. This project aims to improve safety, mobility, and accessibility while relieving congestion on the north end of town from Empire Avenue to just beyond Cooley Road on both U.S. 20 and U.S. 97.

Project features include:

  • Multi-use paths, wider bike lanes, a new bus stop, lower speed limits, and enhanced pedestrian and bike crossings throughout the project area. These features will allow everyone safe and efficient access to the area.
  • Roundabouts where U.S. 20 meets Robal Lane and Cooley Road.
  • A realignment of U.S. 97 to the east along the railroad tracks that will let highway traffic move freely through the area.
  • The existing U.S. 97 highway will become business and local access focused, acting as an extension of 3rd Street.

Project teams are finalizing designs and getting ready to start construction work. Motorists may begin to see minor traffic impacts this fall, mostly at night. More significant traffic impacts along U.S. 20 will begin as early as February 2023, while impacts along U.S. 97 will not begin until later in 2023 and continue throughout the life of the project. All work is scheduled to be fully complete by December 2024.

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