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U.S. 97: Earl Street - Colfax Lane (Madras)

Design Phase

Region 4: Central Oregon (Madras, Jefferson)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This project will Increase public safety and extend the life of the highway by repaving, constructing curb ramps, enhanced pedestrian crossings and streetscape within and near the city of Madras.​


Construction Impacts

Construction will be staged while, at minimum, maintaining  single lane of traffic in each direction at all times.  Long-term lane closures are proposed on 4th Street (U.S. 97 southbound), in two-block segments to reduce pedestrian detours and lessen the burden of on-street parking restrictions for local businesses.  In areas north and south of the couplet, construction staging will take advantage of the center turn lane and shoulders to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction by shifting traffic within the available pavement space.  Short-term flagging operations will be required for various construction activities and will take place during off-peak hours. ​


Design: Fall 2021-Summer 2025

Bid: December 15, 2025

Construction: Late Winter/early Spring 2026 - Fall 2027​



The project includes segments of U.S. 97 (MP 91.58 – 97.00), U.S. 26 (MP 116.40 – 117.71) and also several local streets within the City of Madras. The purpose of the project is to improve safety for all modes of travel, preserve the highway pavement, and improve stormwater facilities. The project aims to specifically address the following needs:

  • Repaving or reconstructing segments of U.S. 26 and U.S. 97, including segments of 4th Street and 5th Street (downtown couplet)
  • Upgrading non-compliant curb ramps, installing curb ramps where missing and updating/installing new pedestrian activated signals at signalized intersections
  • Sidewalk infill and replacement
  • Streetscape improvements within the downtown couplet, including curb extensions, street trees, and pedestrian scale lighting
  • Signal improvements, including vehicle detection upgrades at traffic signals and network communications
  • Install enhanced pedestrian crossings at various locations throughout the project corridor
  • Improve stormwater facilities within the area, as well as a portion of U.S. 97 north of the U.S. 97/U.S. 26 Junction and on 2nd/3rd Streets
  • Bridge improvements at three bridges, including new bridge rail and rail transitions as well as new bridge joints and new pavement


U.S. 97 |

​U.S. 97 from Chestnut Street, through Madras to Colfax Lane & U.S. 26 from Earl Street to junction with U.S. 97. 

Cost and Funding

$21.5 million​

Project f​unding includes ODOT, City of Madras and Economic Development of Administration (EDA).​

Contacts & Media

Project Contacts

Project Manager
Cari Charlton

Community Affairs
Meghan Blyth

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Last Updated

5/7/2024 9:22 AM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
K21653 PiP.pdfProject Information Paper - English
K21653 PiP Spanish.pdfProject Information Paper - Spanish
US 97 Earl St Colfax Corridor Map.pdfU.S. 97 Earl St Colfax Corridor Map
Street Cross Section Views.pdfStreet Cross Section Views
Madras Project Roll Map.pdfMadras Project Roll Map