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U.S. 97: Bend North Corridor

Planning Phase

Region 4: Central Oregon (Bend, Deschutes)

Planning study to improve the safety of U.S. 97 north of Bend​​



​​Early Right of Way acquisitions have begun. The remainder of the prodject schedule is to be determined pending agreements between USDOT, FHWA and ODOT. This schedule will be updated as needed. 



On September 16, 2014, the Federal Highway Administration signed the Record of Decision for the project, documenting the East DS2 Modified Alternative as the Selected Alternative for the US 97 Bend North Corridor Project, and completing the National Environmental Policy Act process.

In August 2014, the Oregon Department of Transportation reached a major project milestone with the publication of the project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement. The Final Environmental Impact Statement includes ODOT’s responses to comments on the draft.

Why is this Project Needed?       
  • U.S. 97 is highly congested​ during peak hours.
  • Traffic flow is worsening, with drivers having to wait  longer at signals. ​
  • Travel delays on U.S. 97 are expected to worsen with future growth.
  • Severe injury and fatal crashes are increasing on U.S. 97.
  • The intersections of U.S. 97 at Robal Road and US 97 at Cooley Road have more accidents than similar intersections in the state.
Like many residents of Bend and central Oregon, you probably rely on U.S. 97 in the north end of Bend for a variety of reasons. It may be a way to get to and from your home or work, or a connection to area shopping and dining. It may be a route for moving people and goods through Central Oregon, or a key part of the transportation system for Bend's future planning and growth. It may be a route to bring freight and customers to and from your business.

U.S. 97 in the north end of Bend serves all of these purposes and more. And that is part of the problem - we are asking the highway to be too many things. The tremendous population growth in Bend and central Oregon has placed many demands on U.S. 97. This has increased congestion, caused disruptions in traffic flow, made traffic delays longer and increased the number of severe and fatal accidents. Even with the economic downturn beginning in 2008, the population of Bend is still expected to grow and with this growth, traffic on U.S. 97 will increase over time.
The purpose of the U.S. 97 Bend North Corridor project was to identify and implement a long-term solution to maintain a safe, efficient US 97 in the north end of Bend. Since 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 the No Build Alternative.
After the public comment period that ended on September 12, 2011, ODOT and Federal Highway Administration considered all comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement to help identify the best solution (East DS2 Modified Alternative) for balancing our transportation needs now and into the future. 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.


N/A | ​U.S. 97 corridor north of Bend

Cost and Funding

This project was awarded a federal INFRA Grant for 60.4 million dollars. These funds will be leveraged with 50 million dollars from the Cooley Mid-term Improvements Project (21229) in addition to various local and developer funds. 

The total funding for this project is 133.4 million dollars. 

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Project Contacts

Community Affairs Coordinator
Alia Burck

Area Manager
Bob Townsend

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Last Updated

9/12/2019 4:30 PM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
BendNorthCorridor03_2013api.pdfEnlarged view of Area of Potential Impact​
BendNorthCorridoreast_ds2_modified_alternative.pdfSelected Alternative Map (East DS2 Modified)
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_empire_avenue.pdfEast DS2 Modified Alternative - Empire Avenue​
BendNorthCorridoreast_ds2_modified_alternative_us_97_us_20.pdfEast DS2 Modified Alternative - US 97 and US 20
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
Final_US97BendNorthCorridorINFRA.pdfUS 97 Bend North Corridor 2019 INFRA Application
Bend North Corridor FAQ1.pdfBend North Corridor FAQ 9/11/2019

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