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Project Details

U.S. 20: Empire to Greenwood

Design Phase

Region 4: Central Oregon (Bend, Deschutes)

​​The Oregon Department of Transportation and the City of Bend are partnering to design improvements to US 20 between Empire Avenue and Greenwood Avenue (also known as 3rd Street) and on Greenwood Ave. from 3rd Street to Purcell Blvd. US 20 is an important local arterial running through the city of Bend and a critical part of the state and regional transportation system. However, this highway has significant needs for maintaining safety, traffic flow and access for all travelers. ​​​​​​​​​​


Traffic Impact



ODOT is designing the project in two segments, north and south. Designs are expected to be finalized in spring 2020, followed by construction. At design milestones, ODOT will host public open houses, inviting community members to learn about the project and provide input. Other outreach activities, including focus groups and presentations to Bend City Council, will take place throughout the design process. 



The US 20: Empire – Greenwood (3rd Street, Bend) project will improve mobility, access, and safety for all travelers, while upgrading, replacing, or rehabilitating aging infrastructure within the corridor. 

Planned improvements include:
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) curb ramp replacements and upgrades
  • Repaving and roadway upgrades
  • Intelligent Transport System (ITS) infrastructure installation
  • Upgrades to facilities for people who walk and bike
  • Signal and intersections improvements
  • New storm water and drainage features
As a result of this project, pavement will be easier and safer to drive on and traffic signals will work more effectively. Some intersections and on- and off-ramps to the US 97 Bend Parkway will be safer and more efficient. People who walk, ride bikes, or have disabilities will be able to travel on and around the corridor more safely and comfortably.

ODOT and the City of Bend will keep the community informed about this project’s improvements and provide on opportunities to give input on proposed concepts.


U.S. 20 | ​Highway 20/3rd Street from Empire Blvd. to Greenwood Ave. in Bend

Cost and Funding

​Estimated construction cost: $10 million​

What Problem Will This Improve?

Pavement along this corridor is showing severe rutting and wear, causing safety and operational issues. Several existing traffic signals are beyond their functional design life, and the corridor is incomplete or insufficient in many locations for pedestrians, bicyclists and those with disabilities. Some intersections along Empire Avenue have reached capacity and need safety improvements.

Contacts & Media

Project Contacts

Community Affairs Coordinator
Alia Burck

Project Manager
Mike Darling

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Last Updated

8/22/2019 4:10 PM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
Project Information Paper.pdfPhase 1 Project Information Paper (PIP)
US 20 Empire to Greenwood Project Area Map.pdfPhase 1 Project Map
Empire to Greenwoord Communications Plan.pdfProject outreach and communication plan

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