BEND, OR -- Night work gets underway on the Bend Parkway, Monday, between Murphy Road and Reed Lane. ODOT’s Peter Murphy says crews will be cleaning up the side of the road, "Get the brush removed, I mean, totally removed down to bare dirt on that section of the Parkway. It’s just become such a problem that we need to take more definitive action." He says the vegetation collects trash and road sand from winter maintenance. "We found that over time it just became a trash collection function. It’s not very pretty, it’s very hard to maintain and it’s a bit of a safety hazard, too."
Murphy tells KBND News, "What we’ll do is team up with the city and try and get as much of that brush completely removed from the Parkway. And, it’ll be a big change for motorists who see it as they drive by. So, we want people to know, number one, we’re going to be on the road doing the work; and number two, it’s going to look a lot different."
One lane in each direction will close nightly, between 7:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. Work should be complete by Thursday morning.
UPDATE: ODOT says crews will extend efforts north to Colorado, while still wrapping up work by Thursday morning.