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Critics of the Surface Water Improvement Project (SWIP) were out in force at the Bend City Council meeting last night, and they came away unsatisfied with the Council's vote to proceed. "Stop the Drain" spokesperson Moey Newbold says while Councilors agreed that some aspects of the project need reviewing, it didn't go far enough: "The bottom line is: this resolution doesn't change the original critiques of the project. One: the City Council and it's staff has never addressed the fact that the foundation of the project was shaky; the studies released have shown to be seriously flawed. And secondly, it's not going to change the overall cost of the project, because by committing to build the $30-million pipeline they're in essence committing to build the rest of the project, which is the very expensive treatment plant." Newbold says moving forward, they will continue with public outreach and education about the expense of the project and what they see as inaccuracies in the design. She adds that they are planning to target City Council seats that are up forelection in November; and support candidates that want to stop or completely revise the current project.

 

 

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King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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