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U.S. 97 Bend North Corridor

Design Phase

Region 4: Central Oregon (Bend, Deschutes)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Realignment of U.S 97 with supporting safety and operational improvements.


Meetings and Events

ODOT has coordinated with the public in over 50 meetings with neighborhood organizations, stakeholder groups and the general public to collaborate on the planning, design and construction of the U.S. 97 Bend North Corridor project. No meetings and events are formally scheduled at this point, but as the project continues to move forward public outreach around project status and updates will be held. ​


Tentative Schedule (subject to change):
2019 - Begin protective right of way purchases
2020/2021 - Advanced right of way
Late Spring 2021 - Begin Procurement (Request for Qualifications then Request for Proposals)
April 2022 - Award Design-Build Contract 
May 2022 = Begin construction 

This schedule will be updated as needed to provide more details.




This project will realign one of the most congested portions of U.S. 97 in the City of 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 ramps connections at critical locations to improve local and highway traffic, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities.  

U.S. 97 is the main north-south highway through the central portion of Oregon 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. Central Oregon's population growth over the last decade has increased  traffic congestion and, in turn, reduced  safety for motor vehicles,  pedestrian and bicyclists.

These improvements will do the following:

  • Aid with congestion
  • Support economic vitality
  • Reduce traffic volume and speeds at high conflict locations
  • Increase freight mobility
  • Improve travel time reliability​


Project History

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​ project page​.


U.S. 97 | 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.

Contacts & Media

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Project Contacts

Resident Engineer-Consultant PM
Miranda Wells

Area Manager
Bob Townsend

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Last Updated

2/20/2021 4:23 PM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
Final_US97BendNorthCorridorINFRA.pdfUS 97 Bend North Corridor 2019 INFRA Application
21229_EX_34_OVERVIEW_MAP.pdfDRAFT Project concept overview 11/05/20
EN_K21229_REEVAL_01.pdfProject re-evaluation report
21229_BendNorth Corridor PIP.pdfProject information paper (PIP)
Bend North Corridor FEIS Extension Traffic Memo.pdfTraffic study data, including charts.

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