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US-97: Bend North Corridor Evironmental Impact Statement

Project Completed

Region 4: Central Oregon (Bend, Deschutes)

​​​​​​​​​NOTE: This is an archived website that details the original Environmental Impact Statement prepared for U.S. 97 Bend North Corridor project.  A new project has been funded that will complete a portion of the work outlined in this EIS.  To review the new and updated information related to this project, please visit BEND NORTH CORRIDOR'S UPDATED PROJECT WEBSITE



2009 - 2010 - Draft Environmental Impact Statement prepared 
2011 - Public Comment period
2011 - 2014 - Revisions to East DS2 Alternative
2014 - Final Environmental Impact Statement for the U.S. 97 Bend North Corridor planning study complete

The project was shelved after 2014 as funding was identified. 



The U.S. 97 Bend North Corridor Final Environmental Impact Study was completed in response to the tremendous population growth in Bend and central Oregon and increasing congestion on U.S. 97. This growth disrupted traffic flow, making traffic delays longer and increasing the number of severe and fatal accidents. 

The purpose of the U.S. 97 Bend North Corridor project is to identify and implement long-term solutions to maintain a safe, efficient U.S 97 in the north end of Bend. Because federal funding will  be required for this project, ODOT and Federal Highway Administration prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement that examined, in detail, and compared the environmental and community impacts and benefits of two build alternatives (East DS1 Alternative and East DS2 Alternative) and a No Build Alternative.

After the public comment period that ended in September 2011, ODOT and Federal Highway Administration considered all comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement to help identify the best solution for balancing the area's transportation needs now and into the future. This process identified the East DS2 Modified Alternative as the preferred alternative for the future U.S. 97 Bend North Corridor Project. This alternative will construct a new alignment of U.S. 97 to the east of the existing highway and convert existing U.S. 97 into a local 3rd Street route. This alternative also improves intersection safety and enhances mobility throughout the corridor.

Following the identification of a preferred alternative, ODOT and Federal Highway Administration worked with local agency partners to explore opportunities to scale down and modify the alternatives to reduce impacts, address public comments, and reduce the overall cost of the project. 

Current Status

This project was shelved in 2014 until funding was identified. In 2017, this project was identified in House Bill 2017 for a $50 million improvement at the intersection of U.S. 97 and Cooley Road. In 2019, ODOT received a federal grant for approximately $60 million, helping to make this project a reality. To find out more about the current status of the U.S. 97 Bend North Corridor project visit:​.​


U.S. 97 | The north end of the city of Bend

Cost and Funding

Alternatives range in estimated costs between $170 to $220 million.

What Problem Will This Improve?

Even a decade ago, U.S. 97 was highly congested​ during peak hours. Traffic flow has worsened since that time, with drivers having to wait  longer at signals. ​Travel delays on U.S. 97 are expected to continue to increase with future growth. Severe injury and fatal crashes are also increasing on U.S. 97. The intersections of U.S. 97 at Robal​ Road and U.S. 97 at Cooley Road have more accidents than similar intersections in the state. 

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Project Manager
Omar Ahmed

Area Manager
Bob Townsend

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Last Updated

11/4/2021 11:38 AM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
BendNorthCorridor03_2013api.pdfEnlarged view of Area of Potential Impact​
BendNorthCorridoreast_ds2_modified_alternative_3rd_mervin_sampels.pdfEast DS2 Modified Alternative - 3rd St and Mervin Sampels
BendNorthCorridoreast_ds2_modified_alternative_3rd_us_97.pdfEast DS2 Modified Alternative - 3rd St and US 97
BendNorthCorridoreast_ds2_modified_alternative_us_97_us_20.pdfEast DS2 Modified Alternative - US 97 and US 20
BendNorthCorridoreast_ds2_modified_alternative.pdfSelected Alternative Map (East DS2 Modified)
BendNorthCorridoreast_ds2_modified_alternative_empire_avenue.pdfEast DS2 Modified Alternative - Empire Avenue​
BendNorthCorridorFHWA_Signed_ROD_09_16_2014[1].pdfFHWA Record of Decision
BendNorthCorridorfinal_rec_doc_2014_07_17.pdfBend North Corridor Final Recommendation Document
BendNorthCorridorpreferred alternative maps_web.pdfPreferred Alternative Map Package from FEIS
BendNorthCorridorUS97_US20_Final_Refinement_Plan_2007.pdfUS 97 and US 20 Refinement Plan (2007)
BendNorthCorridorus97bnc_14_feis_appendixa_through_k.pdfFinal EIS Appendices A through K
BendNorthCorridorus97bnc_15_feis_appendixl_and_m.pdfFinal EIS Appendices L through M
BendNorthCorridorus97bnc_16_feis_appendixn_record_of_comments_part1.pdfFinal EIS Appendix N Record of Comments (Part 1)
BendNorthCorridorus97bnc_17_feis_appendixn_record_of_comments_part2.pdfFinal EIS Appendix N Record of Comments (Part 2)
BendNorthCorridorus97bnc_18_feis_appendixn_record_of_comments_part3.pdfFinal EIS Appendix N Record of Comments (Part 3)
BendNorthCorridorus97bnc_feis_main_body_and_section_4f_evaluation.pdfBend North Corridor Final EIS

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