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U.S. 97: Dover Lane - Bear Drive Safety Improvements Project

Construction Phase

Region 4: Central Oregon (Jefferson)

​​​​​​U.S. 97 Intersection Safety Improvements

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Traffic Impact

Crews will be performing daytime and nighttime lane closures on U.S. 97 for paving work and 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 Lan​e



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 permanently 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. 

The project will include the following improvements

  • Disconnect SW Bear Drive (east) from the highway.
  • Disconnect SW Bear Drive (west) from highway and provide emergency service partial hammerhead on SW Bear Drive.
  • Disconnect Eureka Lane from highway and construct emergency service cul-de-sac on Eureka Lane to assist vehicle turn around.
  • Widening U.S. 97 at Dover Lane and install center turn lanes and guardrail. Dover Lane will be partially realigned at intersection to improve site distance.
  • Left turn lanes at SW Dover Lane to improve safety for drivers making left turns from U.S. 97.


U.S. 97 |

​Jefferson County south of city of Madras

Cost and Funding

$2.5 million


​​Taylor Northwest

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

Assistant Resident Engineer
Michael Kinion, P.E.

Community Affairs Coordinator
Cody Franz

Last Updated

9/22/2023 3:37 PM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
Dover Lane.pdfFact Sheet (PIP)