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Bend North Corridor Project (U.S. 20 and U.S. 97)

Construction Phase

Region 4: Central Oregon (Bend, Deschutes)

​Improved connectivity and travel time reliability for all modes along U.S. 20 and U.S. 97


Traffic Impact

Week look ahead March 17-March 24

The west leg of Cooley Road remains closed at U.S. 20. 
  • ​Crews will be performing excavation, embankment, drainage, and electrical underground at U.S. 20/West Side of Cooley Roundabout and clearing and excavation operations will continue off the shoulder of westbound U.S. 20 from Robal to Cooley. 
  • Crews will be performing excavation operations off the shoulder of westbound U.S. 20 from Robal to Cooley Rd.
  • Crews will be performing sewer line installation on Nels Anderson just north of Brandis Court under flagging closures.
  • Crews will be performing Swalley Irrigation line work within the medians between Jamison and the U.S. 20 to 3rd St ramps and northbound shoulder U.S. 20.
  • Crews will be removing temporary barrier off the shoulder of northbound U.S. 97 north of Empire under single lane closure.
  • Crews will be excavating and installing pipe across the connection road between Jamison and U.S. 20 at night for Swalley Irrigation Line.


Construction has begun with minimal traffic impact. More significant traffic impacts along U.S. 20 will begin as early as February of 2023, while impacts along U.S. 97 will not begin until later in 2023 and continue throughout the life of the project. All work is scheduled to be fully complete by December 2024.
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U.S. 97 is the main north-south highway through central Oregon, connecting Oregon to California and Washington. U.S. 20 is a primary east-west highway in Oregon. In the Bend area, both highways are primary routes that help people get through town and connect to area shopping, dining, businesses, schools and recreation. Central Oregon's population growth over the last decade has increased traffic congestion and, in turn, reduced safety for motor vehicles, pedestrian and bicyclists.

This project will realign one of the most congested portions of U.S. 97 in Bend and improve a section of U.S. 20. The U.S. 97 Bend North Corridor project includes a realignment of U.S. 97, improved intersections, new ramp connections at critical locations to improve local and highway traffic, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
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This project will improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and connectivity along the U.S. 20 and U.S. 97 highways by building over two miles of multi-use paths, improving or installing over 50 ADA ramps, and building enhanced crossings throughout major crossings in the project area. The project will also be working with Cascade East Transit to build a new transit stop near Target that will support the re-routing of one of their least reliable routes.

These project improvements will provide the following:
• Improve travel time reliability
• Support economic vitality
• Reduce traffic volume and speeds at high conflict locations
• Increase freight mobility
• Aid with congestion


U.S. 97 |

​U.S. 97 and U.S. 20 in north Bend.

Cost and Funding

The purpose of the U.S. 97/U.S. 20 Bend North Corridor project is to implement a long-term solution to maintain a safe, efficient U.S. 97 and U.S. 20 in the north end of Bend. ODOT completed an Environmental Impact Statement in 2014 to help identify the best solution for balancing transportation needs. The original project identified in the original 2014 study was significantly more than any identified funding.
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.This effort led to an initial funding source via Oregon House Bill 2017 (Keep Oregon Moving), and was then complimented with a federal INFRA Grant for $60.4 million in 2019. At which time, ODOT Region 4 determined to proceed with the project and identified additional funding via local and 
private sources. 

This resulted in an overall funding for the project of $175 million. 
For more history about the original environmental documentation of the 2014 FEIS, please contact Teresa Brasfield (​


​Kiewit Infrastructure West has been selected as the contractor for this design-build project. 

Technical Project Documents

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Last Updated

3/17/2023 3:18 PM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
US97_BNC_Constraints Map_09022021.jpgProject Constraints Map
21229 alternative mode improvement summary.pdfAlternate Mode Improvement Summary (Bike/Pedestrian Map)
BNCOverviewMap.jpgAn overview map of the project area.
BNC Detour Maps.pdfDetour Information
Commute Options Flyer 12.16.22 BNC.pdfCommute Options Flyer 12/16/2022
U.S. 20 Roll Map.pdfU.S. 20 Roll Map - Updated March 7, 2023
ScheduleBlockMap.pdfConstruction Schedule Summary
Bend North Corridor Fact Sheet_Spring 2023.pdfProject Fact Sheet - Updated February 24, 2023