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.
Jefferson County south of city of Madras
Cost and Funding
Approximately $4 Million
For more information on transportation projects in this area, take a look at the Jefferson County Transportation System Plan.