BEND, OR -- After more than two years of construction, Bend’s Reed Market Road is open in both directions from Third to 27th Street. The project was finished a month ahead of schedule, but not a moment too soon for Tom Healey, who owns the Expressway Corner Market at 15th and Reed Market. “It was 2 1/2 years of different sections of the road, as you well know, being blocked off and alternate routes and it’s been difficult to say the least.” He tells KBND, “It’s finally happened and we’ve got traffic back and a lineup at the pumps and cars going by. Doesn’t get much better.”
In addition to a new center turn lane, there is a new railroad crossing and the bridge at American Lane was rebuilt and moved to the west. There are also new bike lanes. The project cost $18.3 million, and was paid for by a $30 million traffic bond.
Traffic is flowing east and west, but some landscaping and signage is still to come.