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La Pine Hopes to See a Light


The intersection of U.S. Highway 97 and First Street in La Pine sees about 14,000 transportation trips every day, making it a very dangerous intersection. 

 

La Pine city officials hope to have a new traffic light in the intersection in the near future, but funding the project is very expensive.

 

City Manager Steve Hasson says Deschutes County has been collecting revenues from a La Pine industrial park that could be used to offset costs for the light but there is a roadblock in state statutes that restrict how the money is used.

 

"There is a bill now, called House Bill 3130, and what it would do is it would widen the discretion of the use of that money so it could be applied toward that intersection."

 

Hasson says that would give La Pine about $200,000 toward the project; and O-DOT said they would kick in another $500,000.

 

State Representatives Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) and Gene Whisnant (R-Sunriver) are supporting the bill.

 

He doesn't know when the bill would be voted on - but encourages residents to write their state legislator to support HB 31-30.


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