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ODOT Kicks Off Comment Period for US 97 Bend North Corridor Project
 For More Information: Peter Murphy, Public Information Officer

ODOT Kicks Off Comment Period For
US 97 Bend North Corridor Project
Managers of the Oregon Department of Transportation in Bend are inviting residents, motorists, truckers and other interested people to help solve traffic congestion and safety problems on US 97, north of Bend.
People interested in providing input are invited to an Open House on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Sky View Middle School, 63555 18th Street, in Bend. ODOT is also seeking comments through an online survey and comment form at www.US97Solutions.org. Comments are due by Feb. 11.
ODOT engineers are continuing to develop a long-term solution for the 5-mile section of US 97 between Empire Avenue and Deschutes Market Road. Population growth and development there has exceeded the highway’s capacity to serve local, regional and statewide traffic and freight needs.
“Population gains are putting a lot of pressure on US 97, which is the only major north-south highway we have,” said Bob Bryant, ODOT Region 4 Manager.  “We need to hear from all highway users to develop the best solution possible.”  
People who attend the Open House can comment on its purpose and need, goals and objectives, review conceptual design ideas with project team members and identify community and environmental issues in the study area. ODOT planners will make a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m.
Additional project information is available at www.US97Solutions.org.

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