Skip to main content


U.S. 97: Bend North Corridor

Design Phase

Region 4: Central Oregon (Bend, Deschutes)

​Highway realignment



Tentative Schedule (subject to change):
2019 - Begin protective right of way purchases
2019/2020 - Advanced right of way
September 2021 - Award a design-build contract 

*​​ODOT staff has begun early Right of Way acquisitions.The remainder of the prodject schedule is to-be-determined 
pending agreements between USDOT, FHWA and ODOT. 

This schedule will be updated as needed. 



The tremendous population growth in Bend and central Oregonis increasing congestion on U.S. 97, causing disruptions in traffic flow, making traffic delays longer and increasing 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 is to identify and implement a long-term solution 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 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. ​​​​​


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

Cost and Funding

The total funding for this project is $133.4 million. ​

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

What Problem Will This Improve?

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 U.S. 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. U.S. 97 in the north end of Bend serves many purposes to many commuters. That is part of the problem - we are asking the highway to be too many things. ​

Contacts & Media

Project Logo

Project Contacts

Project Manager
Omar Ahmed

Area Manager
Bob Townsend

Last Updated

2/20/2020 2:13 PM

Project Number


Project Documents

Related documents to this project
Bend North Corridor FAQ1.pdfBend North Corridor FAQ 9/11/2019
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
Final_US97BendNorthCorridorINFRA.pdfUS 97 Bend North Corridor 2019 INFRA Application
Full Spine Alternative DRAFT.pdfFull Spine Alternative DRAFT

Your browser is out-of-date! It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites. Learn how