BEND, OR -- A painful detour for southeast Bend residents is over. The Murphy Road Roundabout opened for traffic Thursday. The ribbon cutting of Bend's 32nd roundabout was celebrated by city officials and happy neighbors, like Monica Standen. She told KBND News, it will “Definitely make it safer. No more skidding out here on this grade here, going on Parrell, so that will be good.”
The former intersection at Parrell and Murphy Road was a trouble spot, according the projec
t manager Ryan Oster. “In eight years or so we had about 16 reported accidents here. Some of those were pretty serious; vehicles flipping over. So this has definitely been one that’s been on our radar. So we’re very happy we’re getting this thing open and back up.”
The project came in on budget and a month early. There is now a direct east-west connection in the southern part of the city, with connectivity from Brookswood Boulevard to Brosterhous Road. It also ties Murphy Road with the new ODOT overpass on South Third Street.