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Bend to mark completion of 14th Street project


The city of Bend is inviting neighbors and area businesses to join in celebrating the completion of the 14th Street Reconstruction Project at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, in the parking lot at Parrilla Grill at 635 NW 14th Street.

Even more significantly, the 14th Street event represents the completion of the 2011 voter-approved $30 million General Obligation (G.O.) Bond project. In May of 2011, voters passed the bond for street improvements throughout Bend.

This allowed the City to issue up to $30 million to upgrade major street corridors and intersections. Intersections were selected primarily because of the severity and types of crashes occurring. Improvements benefiting all modes of travel were distributed all over the city.

Projects included:

· Reed Market Road, rebuilt from Third Street to 27th Street; the largest project, it includes updated three-lane roads with bike lanes and sidewalks and a multi-lane roundabout at 15th Street

· 27th Street, repaved in conjunction with the Southeast Interceptor sewer project

· New roundabouts at:

o Brookswood Boulevard and Powers Road

o Simpson Avenue and Mount Washington Drive

o 18th Street and Empire Avenue

The 14th Street Corridor, being completed in conjunction with the celebration, is the final project funded by the G.O. bond. The bond funded work between Simpson and Galveston avenues, but the City Council approved funding to extend the project north to Newport Avenue.

“These G.O. Bond projects have been a great success. Stats show that crashes have decreased, meaning safety has improved, at the intersections rebuilt into roundabouts with the bond funding,” said Mayor Casey Roats. “The work has benefited all kinds of transportation system users – drivers, cyclists, walkers – all across the city.”

“This shows what we can do when the community and the City work together to solve our transportation challenges,” said Roats.

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