BEND, OR -- A long-awaited connection for southeast Bend is moving forward. Project Manager Garrett Sabourin says the Murphy Road extension project will eventually connect Brosterhous to SE 15th Street. "You have the existing section, which we're looking at a lot of safety and connectivity improvements; so that goes from Parrell over to Brosterhous. The second part of that is extending the road from Brosterhous over to 15th Street, providing some additional connectivity and reliability, and decreased emergency response times down there in Southeast Bend." The project also includes taking Murphy over the railroad tracks (pictured above). He says the Bend City Council has been prioritizing dollars for transportation, making this project possible.
Because construction is expected to cause upheaval on heavily-traveled roads in the area, Sabourin says the design and scheduling phases are crucial to making the whole project run smoothly. "We want to make sure that we're sequencing the job in a way that makes the most sense from a financial perspective, and also from a safety perspective for the community," he tells KBND News, "Knowing that along with that, there's a lot of development that's going on here in southeast Bend we need to be coordinating with, as well."
Sabourin is hopeful the project won't take more than a few years, "We really are just starting design this month here, in January, and there's going to be several steps between now and when we get to construction. So, I won't commit to a construction date, but we are hopeful to be breaking ground on some portion of the project in the later part of 2019." He expects it to be finished in 2021.