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The Oregon Department of Transportation has lowered the speed limit from 45 miles per hour to 35 on a portion of Business 97, or North Third Street for safety reasons.


Peter Murphy, spokesman for ODOT says the growth of the area in the north part of Bend prompted the change .  "Well what drives the change is safety, primarily. We’ve noticed a great increase in the number of pedestrians and the number of cars in and about the area that is described between empire and them Boyd Acres. We've got new businesses in place, the sonic, the big new DMV Office is really a big factor, plus there has been some changes to the transit pattern along that portion of the highway too."


Murphy says the 35 mph speed will be enforced from Empire to Mt. Washington Drive.


He adds that the traffic problems in the north end of Bend, including the Parkway entrance and exit on Empire and the Cooley Road issues are long-term projects; but they will address immediate problems when they arise.



Traffic & Weather




  • Carry Chains or Traction Tires on the mountain passes.  Spots of Ice on the Santiam Pass and over Mount Hood.  Packed snow on local roads and on Willamette Pass.


  • Lane closure on Boyd Acres Road at Ross Road; 7am - 4:30pm through December 10
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