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US 97 Bend North Corridor Solutions

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Project Overview

Current Status
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.

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. The Final EIS includes ODOT’s responses to comments on the Draft EIS.
 
Background
Like many residents of Bend and central Oregon, you probably rely on US 97 in the north end of Bend for a variety of reasons. It may be a way to get to and from your home or work, or a connection to area shopping and dining. It may be a route for moving people and goods through Central Oregon, or a key part of the transportation system for Bend's future planning and growth. It may be a route to bring freight and customers to and from your business.
 
US 97 in the north end of Bend serves all of these purposes and more. And that is part of the problem - we are asking the highway to be too many things. The tremendous population growth in Bend and central Oregon has placed many demands on US 97. This has increased congestion, caused disruptions in traffic flow, made traffic delays longer and increased the number of severe and fatal accidents. Even with the economic downturn beginning in 2008, the population of Bend is still expected to grow and with this growth, traffic on US 97 will increase over time.
 
The purpose of the US 97 Bend North Corridor project was to identify and implement a long-term solution to maintain a safe, efficient US 97 in the north end of Bend. Since federal funding will  be required for this project, ODOT and FHWA prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that examined in detail and compared the environmental and community impacts and benefits of two build alternatives (East DS1 Alternative and East DS2 Alternative) and the No Build Alternative.
 
After the public comment period that ended on September 12, 2011, ODOT and FHWA considered all comments on the Draft EIS to help identify the best solution (East DS2 Modified Alternative) for balancing our transportation needs now and into the future. ODOT and FHWA worked with local agency partners to explore opportunities to scale down and modify the alternatives to reduce impacts, address public comments, and reduce the overall cost of the project.
 
Contacts
For questions about this project, please contact:
 
Amy Pfeiffer, Planning and Environmental Manager
(541)388-6052, Amy.L.Pfeiffer@odot.state.or.us
 
Rex Holloway, Community Liaison
(541)388-6178, Rex.A.Holloway@odot.state.or.us
 
63055 N. Hwy. 97, Bldg. M
Bend, Oregon 97701
 
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US 97 at Robal Road facing south
 
Why is this 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 similar
 intersections in the state.

Picture of US 97 at Cooley Road looking north

 Maps
Selected Alternative Map (East DS2
Modified)

East DS2 Modified Alternative - 3rd St and Cooley Rd

East DS2 Modified Alternative - 3rd St and Mervin Sampels

East DS2 Modified Alternative - 3rd St and US 97

East DS2 Modified Alternative - Empire Avenue

East DS2 Modified Alternative - US 97 and US 20