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US 97: S. Century Drive to US Forest Service Boundary

Public Input Needed

The Oregon Department of Transportation is working to improve the overall safety and mobility of US 97. You can learn more about this project by participating in virtual open house.
Please visit our Virtual (online) ​open house web page.


Project overview

  • Develop a solution to increase the capacity of US 97, reducing congestion, maintaining free flow speeds, improving travel time reliability and increasing overall roadway safety throughout this highway corridor
  • Develop crossing improvements to decrease vehicle/animal collisions and allow safer wildlife migration through the area
  • Develop solutions that have the support of the many stakeholders that use this section of US 97
​* This project is currently in the development phase however funding for construction has not been identified.


What problem will this solve?

Highway US 97 is the main north-south transportation corridor through Central Oregon and a critical part of the state’s transportation system. Demand continues to increase along US 97, with average traffic rates of over 12,000 vehicles per day. Safety is a concern due to limited passing opportunities, leading to lengthy following times that sometimes result in drivers making passing maneuvers with high speeds and limited sight distances.
This project aims to improve the overall safety and mobility for the freight industry, local commuters, and recreationists on the east side of the Cascade Mountain Range. It will tie into approximately 15 miles of recently constructed highway improvements north of this proposed project creating a more cohesive transportation system along the US 97corridor.

What is proposed?

  • Expand US 97 to create a four-lane divided highway from S. Century Drive (MP 153) to the US Forest Service Boundary (MP 159.2), located approximately 15 miles south of Bend, in Deschutes County.
  • Improve the intersection at US 97 and Vandevert Road.
  • Upgrade signs and guardrails, as necessary, and install rumble strips and durable striping.
  • Construct wildlife migration improvements to protect wildlife and improve motorist safety.
​Information paper​​  |  Vicinity Map​

Public involvement

ODOT is working with property owners, stakeholder groups and the general public to collaborate on the planning, design and construction of the divided highway.

Proposed schedule


​Project development ​2016-2017
Construction​  ​To be determined, pending funding


Estimated project cost
$25 million

* Funding for construction of this project has not been identified

Contact information

Name Title Office phone ​Email
​John Ostendorff ​Project Leader ​541-388-6002 John.G.Ostendorff@odot.state.or.us
Della Mosier​ ​Area Manager ​541-388-6121 Della.D.Mosier@odot.state.or.us
Abbey Driscoll​ ​Community Liaison ​541-388-6064 Abbey.Driscoll@odot.state.or.us