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Empire Corridor Improvements is a priority project that greatly improves safety, multi-modal transportation options, access, and connectivity for the neighborhood and traveling public.

 Update:      Roundabout Construction Resumes - Detour Information



As Phase 1 of this project wraps up, the team will begin work on Phase 2.  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.


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 November 2019

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 March 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.


Phase 2 Begins Construction

Segment 1 of Phase 2 has started construction.  Work in this segment includes the two road segments for the Empire Extension on either side of the North Unit Irrigation District canal.  This work will continue through the end of November 2019.

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

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


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    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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