U.S. 97/Murphy Road project to improve Bend Parkway
The U.S. 97/Murphy Road project, which will improve mobility and reduce crashes on the Bend Parkway while improving connections between neighborhoods in Bend, will begin construction this summer.
The project is a strategic investment in freight mobility on U.S. 97, one of the state’s key freight corridors, and it also enhances safety and mobility for the overall transportation system in Bend. The project will eliminate traffic signals at Pinebrook Boulevard and Third Street, where the parkway connects with the main commercial corridor at the southern end of town.
The project will also realign and extend Murphy Road, an east-west arterial that is a strategic corridor for the City of Bend’s transportation system. Construction of Murphy Road will greatly improve connectivity for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians across the parkway in an area where connections are limited. The elimination of the signalized intersections on U.S. 97 will increase mobility in the corridor and greatly reduce crashes at these locations, which have some of the highest crash rates in central Oregon.
The U.S. 97/Murphy Road project is a high priority for Bend, the Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization, ODOT Region 4, and the Central Oregon Area Commission on Transportation. The first phase of the project is funded primarily by the Jobs and Transportation Act. Construction is expected to be finished in 2015.