BEND, O0R -- The Empire Project is kicking into high gear now that the Purcell Bridge is closed. The Empire Extension from Purcell to the intersection of 27th and Butler Market Road will be finished by early summer. Project Manager Sinclair Burr says they’ll then install the 2-lane roundabout at 27th and Butler Market by the end of the year. He says next year they’ll finish the Butler Market–Purcell Intersection which may have a stop light or roundabout. The Empire Project carries a total price tag of $23,000,000 dollars.