The U.S. 97/Baker Road interchange is about 30 years old. When it was constructed, it served sparsely developed rural lands south of Bend. It supported freight traffic passing between U.S. 97 to the south and U.S. 20 to the east. Bend's population is now nearly four times greater, and Bend's urban growth boundary is expected to abut the interchange within 20 years.
Increasing urban growth has created congestion and traffic safety issues in the interchange area, and there are few facilities for people walking or biking. These issues will intensify as growth in Bend continues to move towards the interchange. To address these issues, the management plan seeks to achieve the following:
- Ensure the safe and efficient operation of the interchange area for all modes of travel through the 20-year planning horizon.
- Identify transportation improvements, management strategies and land use/policy actions needed to support planned development.
The project team is developing goals, objectives and evaluation criteria for the U.S. 97/Baker Road IAMP to guide development of solutions for the interchange area. to ensure they are in keeping with stakeholder values.
The project will involve state and local jurisdictions, including Deschutes County and City of Bend, as well as community stakeholders and interchange users.
Study Area Map
The study area is where changes in land use would have measurable effects on traffic volumes at the U.S. 97/Baker Road interchange. When setting the study area boundaries, the team considered the proximity of the interchange to locations where significant future housing and employment growth are expected. Future growth immediately to the northeast and further east out to SE 27th Street is expected to have a significant impact on interchange traffic volumes.
Cost and Funding