US 97 Bend North Corridor Solutions
Overview

The US 97 Bend North Corridor project is being conducted by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The purpose is to provide practically designed solutions to improve safety and mobility for trucks and automobiles on US 97 between the Deschutes Market Road/Tumalo Junction interchange and Empire Avenue interchange. The project includes the development of an environmental impact statement (EIS) to document how alternate solutions would impact the community and environment.

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What's New

ODOT Recommends a Preferred Alternative

On June 13, 2013, from 5-7pm at Sky View Middle School, ODOT shared maps and information about its recommended preferred alternative, the East DS2 Modified Alternative. To view maps of the East DS2 Modified Alternative, visit the Alternatives Development & Screening page. To view the meeting display boards, click here. To view the meeting presentation, click here. ODOT's next step in the environmental review process is to prepare the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which will be released in Early 2014.

ODOT Views Gridlock n US 97
Why is the Project Needed?

US 97 is highly congested during
peak hours.

Traffic flow is worsening, with drivers having to wait longer at signals.

Travel delays on US 97 are expected to worsen with future growth.

Severe injury and fatal crashes are increasing on US 97.

The intersections of US 97 at Robal Road and US 97 at Cooley Road have more accidents than other similar intersections in the state.

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