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It’s a major moment for the largest construction project in Central Oregon. Today, south of Bend, a lot of trucks will be on the road as ODOT's contractor pours the deck on the new southbound bridge on the U.S. 97 Lava Butte Project. ODOT's Peter Murphy says the popular highway is in "transition" right now, but will be much better at the end of the summer when this $16 million project is done. "What we'll end up with is a big separation between northbound and southbound lanes. We'll have more capacity so it'll be safer and better. And the way traffic has been growing in the Bend area for so long, this was a real critical need that we had here, the volumes were up. It was too close together; we had two lanes close to each other. We'd get winter weather set in, so it was a real problem; lots of crashes, so the time was right, we found the money." He says the stimulus money made an important difference is helping this large project move forward. Almost $12 million came from stimulus funds.

 

 

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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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