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Officials say every business in Bend is affected by tourism; and if this summer is any indication, there are a lot of very happy people.

 

Doug LaPlaca with Visit Bend says they are hoping to keep the momentum of a busy summer going in to the fall,  or "shoulder season" for tourism, when tourism tends to drop off a bit.

 

"Visit Bend's strategy is to extend the summer tourism season through the month of September.  So most of our group and event focus is concentrated on that September through December timeframe with September representing the peak. We’ll have a number of large scale events that we've concentrated to bring to the city in the month of September."

 

LaPlaca says the early information shows that bend started out very strong in juke with high Transient Room Tax (TRT) numbers and he expects the final tally to show that we've had the best summer since before the economic downturn.

 

He adds that September's events include several very high profile cycling events and the inaugural "Leadman Triathlon" which should draws in the tens of thousands to Bend.

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

 

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.

 
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