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U.S. 97 at Dover Lane Safety Improvements

Design Phase

Region 4: Central Oregon (Jefferson)

​​U.S. 97 Intersection Safety Improvements



Fall 2021: Closure of SW Bear Drive (west) and SW Eureka Lane

May 25 2022: Closure of SW Bear Drive (east)

2022 - Spring 2023: Project design

Summer 2023: Construction at Dover Lane



In August 2021, after extensive public outreach, Jefferson County and ODOT decided to move forward with the closure of SW Bear Drive and Eureka Lane at U.S. 97. These intersections are being closed due to a history of serious and fatal accidents at the intersection of U.S. 97 and Bear Dr. Eureka Ln. Poor visibility and the presence near the end of a passing lane where higher speeds exist creates additional safety concerns. A temporary concrete barrier is currently installed to prevent turning maneuvers on to or off of these roads from the highway. 

Design is taking place to finalize the closures of SW Bear Drive and SW Eureka Lane and construct safety improvements at the intersection of U.S. 97 and Dover Lane. Corridor planning efforts on U.S. 97 in areas with increasing traffic generally includes closure of some highway access points, along with improvements at other intersections.  U.S. 97 at Dover Lane is the best choice to improve in this area because of its location and visibility.  Safety improvements will include left turn lanes, advanced warning signs, and improved delineation. U.S. 97 and Iris Lane was recently improved to the south of this area, and includes dedicated turn lanes. 

These closures will shift northbound U.S. 97 traffic to choose alternate routes of OR 361 or Ford Lane to reach their original destinations.  Southbound U.S. 97 traffic will be shifted to Dover Lane which has better sight distance, making it safer. ​


U.S. 97 |

​Jefferson County south of city of Madras

Cost and Funding

Approximately $4 Million

Additional Information

For more information on transportation projects in this area, take a look at the Jefferson County Transportation System Plan​. ​

Contacts & Media

Project Contacts

Project Manager
Abbey Driscoll

Community Affairs Coordinator
Meghan Blyth

Last Updated

5/20/2022 1:11 PM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
K22520_FS_Y2022M03D23.pdfProject Information Paper (PIP) updated 6/2/22