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Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is hoping it will help jump-start the aviation industry in Central Oregon. Tonight, the Bend City Council will be asked to endorse a proposal to designate the vast desert between Burns and Brothers as a test area for drone aircraft. “And that is one reason we started reaching out to the UAS, the Unmanned Aerial Systems or drones market. That seems to be the one area where there is money. The government is funding a lot of research and development, a lot of private parties are working on this systems. They can be used for the military, which is their primary use and where most people know them from, but also law enforcement and forest fires.” Collins Hemingway is Chairman of the Aviation Recruitment Committee for EDCO. The hope is that they will be able to share the airspace with the military.   Hemingway says there is a lack of drone testing airspace in the U.S. and having such an area here could attract that industry. The request would have to go before the FAA, and Hemingway says if they drag their feet, then Oregon’s congressmen may have to get involved. Hemingway says having the city and county endorse the project would show there is local support.

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

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.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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