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BEND, OR -- Construction will soon begin on a new roundabout in southeast Bend. The new roundabout will be built at the intersection of Murphy and Parrell Roads. Project Manager Ryan Oster tells KBND News, “The intersection at Murphy-Parrell traditionally has been one of our highest crash rate intersections in town. And so the idea behind putting a roundabout there is it will reduce the speed of the traffic through the intersection and allow traffic to still efficiently flow just at a much safer speed.”

 
More than 70 local residents attended an open house at Jewell Elementary, Thursday night. They had “a lot of questions about the residents who live south of the intersection off 

Parrell,” Oster says. “It is an inconvenience to them to try to get anywhere in town. Unfortunately we don't have the best connectivity road network, so there’s really only a few options for them.”
 
The city expects to break ground around January 25.  Signs will be posted to notify area residents about the start date. The project includes sidewalks, curb ramps and a sewer line. It's expected to take seven or eight months to complete.

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