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US-97/US-20 Bend North Corridor

Design Phase

Region 4: Central Oregon (Bend, Deschutes)

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


Traffic Impact

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. ​


Project Timeline




Bend's U.S. 97 North CorridorThis 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 con​necting 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 local residents 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/U.S. 20 Bend North Corridor project is to identify and 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. 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 of refinement to reduce impacts and fit within a smaller budget continued and initial funding via Oregon House Bill 2017 (Keep Oregon Moving), and was then complimented with a recent federal INFRA Grant for $60.4 million in 2019. At which time, ODOT Region 4 determined to proceed with the project and pursue a design-build method which has been formally approved as of February 2021.



U.S. 97

Cost and Funding

​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.


This project will be delivered through a design-build process. This process will include an RFQ, RFP, and Alternative Technical Concepts (ATC).



Additional Information

Contacts & Media

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Project Contacts

Resident Engineer-Consultant PM
Miranda Wells

Area Manager
Bob Townsend

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Last Updated

10/11/2021 11:23 AM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
Final_US97BendNorthCorridorINFRA.pdfUS 97 Bend North Corridor 2019 INFRA Application
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.
DRAFTTrafficMemoBNC.pdfDesign-Build Basic Configuration Traffic Memo
DRAFT Proof of Concept U.S. 97.pdfBend North Corridor Concept Map (updated 6/24/21)
DRAFT Proof of Concept U.S. 20.pdfBend North Corridor Draft Concept Map (updated 6/24/21)
MobilityPresentationRoundabouts5-13-21.pdfRoundabout presentation flyer
GeoTechReport.pdfFinal Geotechnical data report
K21229 Blueprint for Urban Design Concurrence.pdfDocumentation for urban design
US97_BNC_Constraints Map_09022021.jpgProject Constraints Map

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