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U.S. 97 / Murphy Road: Brookswood - Parrell (Bend)
 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 

Current News

ODOT Closes Romaine Village Way
As contractors near completion of the new 3rd Street overpass and Murphy Road Bridge over the Parkway (US 97) in Bend, traffic managers closed Romaine Village Way at US 97. The closure is necessary as the new 3rd St. on-ramp to southbound US97 conflicts with Romaine Village Way.

This closure will take effect Monday August 11 at 6am and will be permanent.  Emergency access will still be provided.

News Release

Murphy Road at Parrell to close until early September
Murphy Road was closed at Parrell Rd. and there will be intermittent closures at Murphy Road and 3rd Street due to construction in the area.  Murphy Road will be opened on its new alignment in early September.  This change took effect at 9 pm, Wednesday, August 6.  A detour map can be found below. 

News Release and Detour Map

Construction Timeline
A general construction timeline is available below.  It gives estimated starting and completion time frames for key elements of the project.  Updates will be sent out when exact dates are known.  To receive these updates sign up for the project mailing list (see "Keep Yourself Informed").  Also, the graphic below shows traffic changes for this first phase of the overall project.

Construction Timeline 
Graphic of traffic changes from The Bend Bulletin

In June 2013, ODOT awarded the contract to construct the first phase of the U.S. 97/Murphy Road project to Hamilton Construction Company of Springfield, Oregon.  Construction began in July 2013 and will be completed by the end of 2014. A contract to construct the second phase of the project will go out for bid in fall 2014.

Project Information Paper                                  U.S. 97/Murphy Road (Phase 1) Map

Keep Yourself Informed
Sign up for email alerts or receive weekly updates once construction begins in 2013.  You will be asked to set up an account, which is free and simple.  The email address you provide will only be used for this project.  Simply click on the envelop and sign up. 


Why not try a different mode of transportation?  Commute Options can help!
During construction Commute Options invites you to try sharing the ride, getting there by foot or taking the trip on a bicycle or by bus. This helps reduce traffic congestion and gets you where you need to go.
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Check out www.drivelessconnect.com to get started. Once you are registered, you can calendar your trips and find a ride match This free and secure website is hosted by ODOT and works great for your regular commute trip and one time adventures for shopping, dining and entertainment.

For more information contact Kim Curley with Commute Options at 541-408-6111.

Purpose of the Project and Project Components

Purpose of Project
The purpose of the project is to improve safety and connectivity by constructing an east – west arterial in the south end of Bend and eliminating the traffic signals at the intersections of U.S. Highway 97 at Pinebrook Boulevard and U.S. 97 at 3rd Street.
 
The overall cost estimate of transportation improvements needed in the U.S. 97/Murphy Road area is $45 million. The first functional project, described below, is estimated to cost $25.1 million and is mostly funded by the Jobs and Transportation Act.  Future projects in the area will be built using a variety of federal, state, local and private funding. 

Components
The project consists of an extension and realignment of Murphy Road from Parrell Road across U.S. 97 to Brookswood Blvd.  The road and bridge improvements include:  

  • A realignment of Murphy Road from 3rd Street (business U.S. 97) east to Parrell Road.
  • An extension of Murphy Road from 3rd Street (business U.S. 97) west to Brookswood Blvd.
  • A new bridge on Murphy Road that crosses over U.S. 97 (Bend Parkway).
  • A new southbound flyover bridge from 3rd Street to U.S. 97.  The new structure enables the traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 97 and 3rd Street to be removed which will resolve the existing safety issues at the intersection.
  • Modification of accesses at 3rd Street/Murphy Road and U.S. 97 and Pinebrook Blvd.
  • A realignment of the existing northbound exit from U.S. 97 to 3rd Street.
  • Construction of a roundabout at the intersection of the new Murphy Road and 3rd Street.
  • Construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Murphy Road and Brookswood Boulevard.
  • Construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Murphy Road and Parrell Road.
  Project Information Paper - December 2011          Current Project Design Map - August 2011

Project Background and Benefits
This project is a strategic improvement to U.S. 97 freight mobility, and greatly enhances safety and mobility for the overall transportation system for Bend.   U.S. 97 is a statewide priority expressway and designated as a primary freight and travel route throughout Central Oregon.  Murphy Road is an arterial road and a strategic corridor for the City of Bend’s overall transportation system. 
 
The elimination of the signalized intersections at Third Street and Pinebrook Boulevard on U.S. 97 will alleviate congestion and increase mobility in the corridor and greatly reduce the crashes at these locations, which are some of the highest in central Oregon. 
 
The U.S. 97/Murphy Road project is a high priority for the City of Bend, Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization, ODOT Region 4, and the Central Oregon Area Commission on Transportation.  This project has been identified in the South Parkway Refinement Plan, Murphy Crossing Refinement Plan, and the U.S. 97: South Parkway /Murphy Interchange Area Management Plan. 

Funding
The preliminary cost estimate for these road and bridge improvements is approximately $25.1 million and is being mostly funded through the Jobs for Transportation Act (HB 2001).

Key Project Milestones

 Public outreach and concept design   2010 / 2011
 Begin final design  Summer 2011
 Begin right-of-way purchases  Fall 2011
 Bid openings ​ May 2013 and Fall 2014
 Construction​ ​ 2013-15
  
                                         
News Releases, Related Links and Project Materials

News Releases
ODOT to Close Romaine Village Way Access - August 7, 2014
Traffic Change at Murphy Road Project - August 4, 2014
Girder Installation Brings Bend Parkway Traffic Control Changes
 - March 13, 2014
Traffic Control Changes Due on Parkway (US97) and 3rd Street - December 6, 2013
Traffic Pattern Change Due at Parkway and 3rd Street - November 18, 2013
US 97 - Murphy Road Project Traffic Change Due - August 13, 2013
ODOT Opens Bids On Major Central Oregon Projects - May 23, 2013
Murphy Road Project to Impact Parkway - May 5, 2013

Related Links
City of Bend
Murphy Crossing Refinement Plan
SE Interceptor Project  
 
Joint City of Bend and ODOT
U.S. 97: S. Parkway/Murphy Interchange Area Management Plan
Murphy Road Corridor Project 
 
Other
Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization

Project Materials
Current Project Design Map - August 2011
Project Information Sheet - December 2011
Stakeholder Involvement Summary - May 2011 
 
Design Acceptance Package - May 2011

 
Original Design Concept 

Project Contacts
 
 Name
 Affiliation
 Telephone
 Number
 Email Address
 Wade Luckman  Project Coordinator, ODOT  (541) 388-6087  wade.luckman@odot.state.or.us
​ Ryan Oster ​ P.E., City of Bend ​ (541) 693-2134 roster@ci.bend.or.us
 Terry Pistole
 Senior Right of Way Agent, 
 ODOT
 (541) 388-6431
 terry.d.pistole@odot.state.or.us 
 
 Amy Pfeiffer​ ​ Project Leader, ODOT ​ (541) 388-6052  amy.l.pfeiffer@odot.state.or.us
 Rex Holloway  Community Liaison, ODOT  (541) 388-6178  rex.a.holloway@odot.state.or.us