Bend and Deschutes County Transportation Safety Survey

By Mike Whitter / September 26, 2021

Only a few more days to give the City your feedback on Transportation Safety!  We need your input.

Here’s the problem: 31 people died in Deschutes County traffic crashes last year, despite a significant drop-off in traffic volumes. That was the most fatalities in more than 10 years. Especially at risk are young drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Statistics show the

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Empire Corridor Improvements – Weekly Update September 23, 2021

By Mike Whitter / September 23, 2021

NE Purcell Blvd and NE Butler Market Roundabout Nears Completion

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Intermittent work continues at the intersections of NE Wild Rivers Loop, NE Cradle Mountain Way, NE Purser Avenue and NE Castle Avenue for the next few weeks.

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Roundabouts (RABs) have been proven to safely decrease traffic delays and congestion.

By Mike Whitter / September 22, 2021
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Roundabout Revolution: The history of Bend’s love/hate relationship with RABs

By Mike Whitter / September 21, 2021

CENTRAL OREGON DAILY NEWS,   Tuesday, September 21st 2021

The “Roundabout Revolution” in Bend started with a single intersection on Century Drive and a traffic control concept borrowed from Europe..

It was the city’s first roundabout and Oregon’s first roundabout, built in 1999.

“We were a small enough city at that time, just under 50,000,” says City Traffic Engineer Robin Lewis. “We didn’t have any traffic

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Street Preservation September 2021

By Mike Whitter / September 18, 2021

This year, City street crews improved 74.5 lane miles in Bend. With the City’s ‘keep good roads good’ philosophy, work focused on using the right treatment at the right time to be cost-effective and maintain public roads. Read the season’s street preservation highlights here. To learn more about Bend’s street preservation practices visit

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