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U.S. 97 / Murphy Road: Brookswood - Parrell (Bend)
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 Picture of cars on the Bend Parkway near Murphy Road

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Background on Phase 2
The $5.0M construction contract was awarded to Knife River Corporation-Northwest in late January 2015.  This contract constructed the new alignment of Murphy Road west of the Bend Parkway, a roundabout at Brookswood Blvd. and Murphy Road, installed a permanent Variable Message Sign on U.S. 97 south of Bend, removed the signal at Pinebrook Blvd. and the Bend Parkway, and completed an assortment of other small local road improvements.  Work began in February 2015 and was completed in December 2015.

Construction of the roundabout at Murphy Road and Parrell Road will be competed by the City of Bend in a separate contract in 2016.

Phase 2 Information Sheet

Phase 1 complete
The new northbound off-ramp to 3rd Street from US 97 and the new southbound on-ramp to U.S. 97 from 3rd Street opened December 15, 2014.  All the remaining miscellaneous clean up work was completed in May 2015.

Phase 1 Background
In June 2013, ODOT awarded an $11.2 million construction contract to Hamilton Construction Company of Springfield, Oregon for the first phase of the U.S. 97/Murphy Road project.  Construction began in July 2013 and was open to traffic December 15, 2014.

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

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. 

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. 

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
Related Links and Project Materials

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 
Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization

Project Materials
April 30 2015 Open House Flyer - April 2015
Current Project Design Map - August 2011
Project Information Sheet - December 2011
Stakeholder Involvement Summary - May 2011    
Original Design Concept 

Project Contacts
 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, 
 (541) 388-6431
 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