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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.

 

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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