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The Central Oregon tourism numbers starting to come in, and they are expected to be positive. Alana Audette with the Central Oregon Visitors Association (COVA) says there are many signs that our local tourism industry is looking up. For one, she says strong retail numbers often mean people will spend money on vacations too. "We also had a really solid Christmas season.  We're going to be doing our post holiday surveys today through our office; so we'll have those numbers toward the end of the week. But the early projections and the surveys were that were conducted prior to the holiday had some pretty strong indicators for a good solid two week period."  Audette says in the year over year comparison, they are expecting about a 3% to 7% increase in numbers for December. We are still about 10-15% off of the pre-recessionary figures but Audette says the momentum is definitely changing. She was a guest on KBND's “Your Town” Monday morning.

 

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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