The U.S. 20 at N. Locust Avenue project in Sisters is receiving $5 million to replace the intersection with a single-lane roundabout that will help traffic flow smoother on the busy road.
The U.S. 97 and U.S. 20 Bend North Corridor project is receiving $15 million, which will further the estimated $175-million project that includes realigning U.S. 97 east of its current location between NE Empire Avenue and Cooley Road; adding a roundabout at the intersection of U.S. 20 and Cooley Road; and other updates.
Helping traffic flow smoother improves safety and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. These goals are part of the Oregon Department of Transportation's 2021-2023 Strategic Action Plan, which focuses on the three priorities of equity, a modern transportation system, and sufficient, reliable funding.
The commission required several factors to be considered in selecting projects, including those that improve safety, support multimodal accessibility, are equitable, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The commission also required at least 30 percent of the projects selected to be located outside of a Metropolitan Planning Organization boundary, recognizing the need to serve highway users in non-urban areas.