The US 97/Baker Road interchange is about thirty years old. When it was constructed, it served sparsely developed rural lands south of Bend and accommodated freight traffic passing between US 97 to the south and US 20 to the east. Bend's population is now nearly four times greater and the urban growth boundary is anticipated to abut the interchange within the next 20 years.
Increasing urban growth has resulted in congestion and safety issues in the interchange area, and there are limited facilities for people walking or biking. These issues will intensify as housing and employment growth in Bend continues to move towards the interchange. To address these issues, the IAMP seeks to:
- 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 US 97/Baker Road IAMP to guide the development of solutions for the interchange area. They will be used to determine how well potential improvements meet the purpose of the project as well as community and stakeholder values.
The project will involve state and local jurisdictions including Deschutes County and the 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 US 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