BEND, OR -- City crews begin work Monday on a major reconstruction project along 14th Street on the west side of Bend. Project Engineer Garrett Sabourin says the work will be split into two segments, "The first is from Simpson to Albany. And to complete all of the construction associated with that segment’s going to be approximately a three-month duration; so extending from April until the end of June. And then the second segment is Newport to Galveston, and that’s going to be approximately a three-month duration, as well. So, we’re basically looking at construction along this corridor from the beginning of April to the end of September."
For the first stretch of work, Sabourin tells KBND News, "Our contractor for the city is going to begin some road widening on the west side of the road, so we’ll still be able to maintain northbound and southbound traffic. However, beginning April 9th, we’ll be closing the Simpson Avenue roundabout for an approximately six to seven week duration."
Sabourin says they’ve been in close contact with area businesses, which will be open during construction, "We’re trying to improve awareness and the ability to navigate to the businesses during construction. So, all of their accesses will be maintained, open and our contractors will communicate with them closely. In addition to that, we’re providing work zone updates to Google and Waze, the navigation apps, to help people navigate around our construction." For more information on detours and timelines, visit the city's project page