US 97 Bend North Corridor Solutions

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

FHWA Signs the Record of Decision

On September 16, 2014, FHWA signed the Record of Decision (ROD) for the project, documenting the East DS2 Modified Alternative as the Selected Alternative for the US 97 Bend North Corridor Project and completing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. View the ROD.

ODOT Publishes Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

On August 8, 2014, ODOT reached a major project milestone with the publication of the project’s Final EIS. Click here to view the Final EIS, which includes ODOT’s responses to comments on the Draft EIS. The Final EIS is also available at the following locations:

  • Deschutes County Public Library (Downtown Bend Branch, East Bend Branch, La Pine Branch, Redmond Branch, Sisters Branch, Sunriver Branch)
  • Oregon Department of Transportation, Region 4 Office (Bend, OR)
  • Oregon Department of Transportation Geo-Environmental Section (Salem, OR)
  • Federal Highway Administration Oregon Division (Salem, OR)
  • Oregon State Library (Salem, OR)
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.