BEND, OR -- 27th Street has been under construction since July of 2016, and the end of the road work is finally in sight.
Eric Forster, with the City of Bend says the project is only about two weeks from finishing. "Specifically, 27th and Reed Market will be open no later than October 6th, so we're looking to maybe beat that, but we're on schedule to make that date."
He says there's some detail work to complete on Bear Creek and 27th, and some night work to finish at the intersection of 27th with Neff Rd. "We are just doing the last little bits. We're going to have some punch list items and then we are going to have all of 27th reopened."
The Sewer Line Project has stretched along 27th Street from Neff Rd. to Reed Market, causing closures, detours, and rerouting, but Eric Forster says there's a final leg of 27th that needs some attention before the City can call the project finished. "The City has another project where they're going to do some grinding and some paving and it's going to go from Reed Market down to Ferguson. So, essentially, from Ferguson to Neff is going to be all new pavement. Now, a lot of that paving is complete. A lot of what you see out there is the final surface."
He adds that he knows it's been a long time getting to this point. "I just appreciate everybody's patience on the job. We do have a little bit of touchup work here, and please keep your speeds down, we do have people working alongside the road, and we don't want anybody to get hurt, so just be safe out there."
The section of 27th Street stretching from Reed Market south to Ferguson closed this morning for the grinding and repaving portion of the project.