Safe Travel & Traffic Improvements

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Bend voters will get to weigh in on our transportation future and current traffic and safety needs.

Our community has said traffic congestion and safety is Bend’s most pressing problem. Bend residents want to see projects built that improve traffic flow and safety for people who drive, ride bicycles and walk.

The City is planning for our transportation future and addressing some immediate needs.

A Council-appointed community advisory group has worked for about two years, looking into all elements of travel and traffic and identifying worthy projects for people who drive, ride bikes, walk and use transit.

Many more projects can be completed with additional funding, and many options have been discussed as part of a long-range funding strategy. One of the funding options that support the projects that improve flow and safety include a General Obligation bond.

On Jan. 8, the Bend City Council unanimously agreed they wanted to ask voters to consider an approximately $182 million funding measure on the May 2020 ballot that addresses Bend residents’ top concern: traffic congestion and safety.

The Council will vote on a resolution and ballot title at its Feb. 5 regular meeting. Read more here.


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Potential bond project list

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Interactive bond project map

The bond project list contains major themes for improving Bend's transportation system citywide:

  • East/West connectivity and system-wide capacity (Reed Market, Aune Road Extension, Colorado, midtown bike/ pedestrian improvements)
  • 20 Major Intersection Improvements
  • 12 Citywide Key Routes providing safe bicycle and pedestrian access to schools, parks and jobs
  • Support for leveraging transit projects
  • Matching funds for ODOT Interchange Improvement Projects
  • Citywide Safety Improvements


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