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A closure to the Purcell Boulevard bridge over the North Unit Main Canal will begin in mid-February.  See the map above for detour information.


PROJECT LOCATION

PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS

Phase 1 of this project is now complete.  Phase 2 of the project will be constructed in four separate segments, as detailed below:Four segments detailing the implementation of Phase 2 of the Project.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

Phase 1 of this project is complete!

  1. Empire/Purcell Roundabout
  2. Empire Avenue Modernization (18th to Purcell)
  3. Purcell Boulevard Modernization (Rock Park Drive to Canal right-of-way)

Phase 2:

Segment 1:  Construction of the two road segments of the Empire Extension on either side of the canal.  Construction July 2019 through July 2020.

Segment 2:  Construction of the widening of the Purcell Boulevard bridge over the North Unit Irrigation District (NUID) canal, construction of a new canal crossing for the Empire Extension (also included is a pedestrian undercrossing of Empire, north of the NUID canal).  Construction planned for October 2019 though July 2020.

Segment 3:  Construction of a new double lane roundabout at the intersection of 27th Street, Butler Market Road, and future Empire Avenue.  Construction planned for March 2020 though October 2020.

Segment 4:  Construction of the modernization of Purcell between the NUID canal and Butler Market Road, and also the construction of new intersection controls (either a new signal or a new roundabout) at Purcell Boulevard and Butler Market Road.  Construction planned for 2021.


PROJECT UPDATES

Phase 2 Begins Construction

Segments 1 and 2 of Phase 2 are under construction.  Work in this segment includes the entire Empire Extension and widening of the Purcell Bridge over the North Unit Irrigation District Canal.  This work will continue through July 2020.

Construction activities will include stormwater facility construction, concrete flatwork, asphalt paving, embankment, and structural work.

A project map depicting Phase 2 of the Empire Corridor Improvements Project

For more information, check this page or call the construction hotline: (541) 200-6979

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    PROJECT BACKGROUND

    The Empire Corridor Improvements projects have long been a priority transportation system improvement for the City of Bend but have not been completed yet due to previous funding limitations.

    Empire Avenue itself is classified as a Major Arterial roadway in the City’s Transportation System Plan (TSP) and is planned to serve as the major east-west arterial roadway on the north end of Bend. Currently, Empire Avenue ends at Purcell Boulevard and does not extend to 27th Street.

    The Empire Corridor Improvements Project include the following:

    •  Empire / Purcell Roundabout
    •  Empire Ave. Modernization (18th to Purcell)
    •  Purcell Blvd. Modernization (Empire to Butler Mkt.)
    •  Empire Ave. Extension (Purcell to Butler Mkt/27th)
    •  Purcell Blvd. / Butler Mkt. Signal and Intersection Modernization
    •  Empire Ave. / 27th / Butler Mkt. Roundabout
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