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It's seen as a way for communities to join together to improve Highway 97. Last night, Bend City Council discussed the “Trip 97 Partnership”. Bend, Redmond and Madras officials say they all have the same problem, and it's that fact that could be key to getting some meaningful improvements. That is working together. Chris Doty is public works director for the city of Redmond: “The concept is; lets view Highway 97 not as a series of intersections that we have to mitigate piece by piece by piece or improve piece by piece by piece. But one holistic corridor. Look at how we can fund improvements.” Those funding mechanisms could be tax increment financing or other means to come up with the local match. This collaboration could also give the Highway 97 corridor more attention in Salem.   Madras City Manager Mike Morgan says this could also give added attention to what he says is the need for change in the transportation planning rule. That is the rule, which allows ODOT to essentially put the brakes on development if existing roads can't handle the increased traffic. “Which has cost us development, jobs and taxes within out community.”

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

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.

 
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