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U.S. 97 @ Hemlock Avenue (Redmond)
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Current News

The $270 thousand contract was awarded to Knife River Corporation Northwest in July, 2012.  Plans are to begin construction in late August.  A two week closure of Hemlock Avenue at U.S. 97 is currently scheduled for mid-September.  Hemlock Avenue traffic will be detoured to Antler Avenue.  An electronic messaging board will be put in place prior to closing Hemlock Avenue alerting motorists of the closure dates.​


The location of the acceleration at U.S. 97 and Hemlock Avenue in Redmond.
The location of the acceleration at U.S. 97 and Hemlock Ave.
Project Components
  • Construct an acceleration lane from Hemlock Avenue onto northbound U.S. 97.
  • Make intersection improvements at Oregon 126 and Ninth Street.
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Project Information Paper 

Need for the Project
The Central Oregon Truck Company (COTC) is headquartered in Prineville, with a truck terminal and training facility in Terrebonne.  COTC hauls freight throughout the United States and Canada, employing 218 people, including 175 truck drivers and 43 support staff. The company has been seeking a single site to consolidate their operation either in Oregon or another state. 
Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) identified the Redmond site and the need for public improvements to make it feasible for a trucking facility. The Regional Solutions Team partnered with the City of Redmond to seek public funding through the state’s Immediate Opportunity Fund (IOF) for an acceleration lane on U.S. 97 and an intersection widening of SE Ninth Street at Oregon 126 to accommodate the increased truck movements and provide for the safe and efficient operation of their fleet.  The IOF application was coordinated by Oregon Business Development Department, ODOT, and the Governor’s office.

What is Planned
Acceleration lane and intersection improvements
ODOT is building an acceleration lane on northbound U.S. 97 at Hemlock Avenue that will allow trucks to make a right hand turn without stopping and safely merge with highway traffic.  The City of Redmond will make intersection improvements at Oregon 126 and Ninth Street to facilitate truck turning movements. The design and construction of the transportation improvements will be coordinated with the construction of COTC’s new buildings and are scheduled to be completed in fall 2012.

Traffic Control
A two week closure of Hemlock Avenue at the railroad tracks west to U.S. 97 is planned.  Traffic will be detoured to Antler Avenue and 9th Street.  Also, traffic will be restricted to one lane on northbound U.S. 97 during construction.

Project Milestones
Design winter 2011
Bid Let June 2012
Construction   summer/fall 2012

Estimated Cost
$500K - The project is being paid for with Immediate Opportunity Funds (IOF) and a match from the City of Redmond.  IOF funds support primary economic development in Oregon through the construction and improvement of streets and roads for a specific economic development project that affirms job retention and job creation opportunities.

Office Phone
Email Addresses
Cari Charlton
Project Leader
(541) 388-6047
Mike Caccavano
City Engineer, Redmond (541) 504-2011 Mike.Caccavano@ci.redmond.or.us
Gary Farnsworth 
Area Manager
(541) 388-6071
Rex Holloway
Community Liaison Rep.