The project will improve an approximate 6-mile corridor of US 97 and add essential upgrades to US 20 and local routes. The US 97 Bend North Corridor project includes a new travel corridor for US 97, improved intersections, ramps, auxiliary lanes, grade-separations, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities to aid with congestion and improve safety for all modes of travel. U.S. 97 is the main north-south highway through the central portion of Oregon and complements the I-5 corridor, connecting Oregon to California and Washington. In the Bend area, U.S. 97 is the primary route for local residents to commute through town and is a connection to area shopping, dining, businesses, schools and recreation. Oregon's population growth over the last decade has led to an increase in traffic congestion and delay and an increase in the severity of vehicular crashes along U.S. 97.
The project will
realign US 97 to the east of its existing location, increase freight
mobility, support economic vitality, increase safety to reduce crashes, reduce congestion and
improve traffic flow within the corridor.
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 is being used for this project, ODOT completed an Environmental Impact Statement in 2014 to help identify the best solution (East DS2 Modified Alternative) for balancing transportation needs. 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 project was shelved after 2014 as funding was identified for the project.
For more history about this project and information about the U.S. 97 Bend North Corridor Environmental Impact Statement Process visit: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/projects/pages/project-details.aspx?project=14020.
The north city limits of the City of Bend between Empire Avenue and Bowery Lane
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 in 2019. These funds are being leveraged with $50 million from the Cooley Mid-term Improvements Project, funded from highway bond proceeds associated with Oregon House Bill 2017
(Keep Oregon Moving), in addition to various other city, county and developer contributions.