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BEND, OR -- Crews will soon begin constructing a roundabout on Powell Butte Highway, at Neff and Alfalfa Market Road. Deschutes County Engineer George Kolb tells KBND News, "It’ll be just your standard four-legged roundabout which, at that intersection, is needed because that was one of our highest intersections for accidents in the county."

Before work can begin on the actual roundabout, Kolb says they'll take steps to keep the traffic moving during construction. "The first order of business will be the installation of the bypass road on Powell Butte Highway. What that will allow us to do is to keep traffic going on Powell Butte Highway; we’ll keep Neff and Alfalfa [Market Road] open as best we can, but there will be intermittent closures and traffic delays throughout the duration of the project."

 

Kolb adds, "We allow construction to be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you don’t have to go through there, I’d avoid it if you can; it’ll be busy." The roundabout is expected to be completed by the first of August. Landscaping and other esthetic work will continue through the end of the year. 

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