Pavement cracking and rutting on Century Drive west of Bend.
Why the project is needed
Highway 372, or Century Drive, is the gateway to the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. The Byway passes through the heart of Central Oregon with the towering Cascade Mountains providing a constant backdrop for a recreational paradise that offers first class bicycling, rafting, fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, rock climbing, skiing, and snowmobiling.
During the summer, Century Drive is used for major events such as Pole-Pedal-Paddle and the Cascade Cycling Classic, besides attracting large numbers of road bicyclists on a daily basis. In the winter, the highway provides access to Mount Bachelor, the 6th largest ski area in North America, along with five of the most heavily used snow park areas in the Pacific Northwest.
The project is needed because the highway pavement has extensive rutting, cracking and is coming apart. It was last paved in 1991. Existing guardrails and signs need to be replaced due to wear and updated highway safety standards.