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US97: South Century Drive to USFS Boundary

Construction Phase

Region 4: Central Oregon (Bend, Deschutes)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Safety improvements


Traffic Impact

​The contractor will be cutting trees for the new highway alignment in late 2020/early winter 2021, and then construct the new northbound highway alignment​ in the summer of 2021, with completion scheduled for summer of 2022.

There may be periodic lane closures on U.S. 97 utilizing lane shifts or flaggers, and one travel lane of Vandevert Road may be closed periodically,  using flaggers, with traffic delays of up to 20 minutes. possible.

Meetings and Events

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

Key Milestones

​Project development - ​2016 - 2020
Construction​ - Fall 2020 - Summer 2022
Completion - Summer 2022



Beginning in 2021, ODOT will begin construction to extend the forested, median- divided cross section of US 97 three miles south of the South Century Interchange to just past Vandevert Road (MP153.12 to MP 156.05). The new highway will tie into approximately 15 miles of recently constructed widening, interchange and median barrier improvements on US 97 to the north, making this stretch of highway safer for all users. 

This project will be divided into phases given currently funding available. Phase 1 of the project will include:
  • Expanding U.S. 97 to extend the four-lane divided highway from South Century Drive (MP 153) to just past Vandevert Road.
  • Improve the intersection of U.S. 97 and Vandevert Road/Lambertiana Road. The existing intersection configuration will be converted to a two-stage left turn crossing at Vandevert​ Road and Lambertiana will become right-in/right-out.
  • Upgrade signs and guardrails, as necessary, and install rumble strips and durable striping.
  • Construct wildlife migration improvements to protect wildlife and improve motorist safety.​
​Phase 2 of the project will construct an additional three miles of divided highway in addition to other wildlife migration improvements. Funding for Phase 2 has not yet been identified.


U.S. 97 | South of Bend from the Sunriver Interchange to the Forest Service boundary six miles to the south

Cost and Funding

Phase 1 costs
Design - $1 million

Construction - $13 million

​Estimated project total cost - $25 million​. Funding for Phase 2 of the project has not yet been identified.


​High Desert Aggregate and Paving


  • Develop a solution to increase the capacity of U.S. 97:
    • Reducing congestion
    • Maintaining free flow speeds
    • Improving travel time reliability
  • 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 U.S. 97​​

What Problem Will This Improve?

U.S. 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 U.S. 97. Safety is a concern due to limited passing opportunities, which cause lengthy following times that sometimes resulting in drivers making passing maneuvers with high speeds and limited sight distances.

Contacts & Media

Proposed U.S. 97 configuration


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Project Contact

Public Information Officer
Kacey Davey

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Last Updated

4/1/2022 9:45 AM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
19451_PIP_updated.pdfProject information paper