SUNRIVER, OR -- Some drivers in southern Deschutes County are complaining about the state of Highway 97, between La Pine and Sunriver. Crews began repaving 17 miles of the highway in June, and Peter Murphy, with the Oregon Department of Transportation says, they’re not done yet, "We know there’s this issue of roughness on the highway; we have spoken to the contractor about it. The job isn’t done yet. Contracts are extended through the construction season, so the deadline on this hasn’t passed."
Despite some striping in the area that made it appear the project was done, Murphy says the finished highway surface will be smooth, "There is a process in place to go back and fix that. We have standards that people have to meet, so we brought this to their attention and we’re still on the same page to get it fixed." He tells KBND News, "The question I have heard about it is, come winter weather, with ice and stuff on the road, it could be a problem. And, that’s exactly the case we presented to the contractor."
The $9.8 million project is scheduled to be complete by November. For more details, visit ODOT's website.