Transportation – Neff-Purcell Construction Update and Pedestrian detours 3/17/2023

Neff and Purcell Improvements Project Update – March 17, 2023

Post Date: 03/17/2023 5:30 PM


During construction and street maintenance season in Bend, you can plan your best route around road closures and detours if you sign up for the Weekly Road and Traffic Report at An interactive map is available at The same data is also made available to popular navigation apps. The traffic impacts map and weekly report provide information about various projects within City limits that impact the roadways. Working together, we can help keep traffic flowing safely during construction season.


Neff and Purcell Intersection

Temporary Pedestrian Detour protection is in place. This means that pedestrians can safely navigate through the designated pedestrian routes, which provide clear paths, as multiple franchise utility relocations are currently underway. Be aware that temporary pedestrian access routes will change as needed with different phases of construction.

Franchise utility relocation work is ongoing and progressing as planned. The relocation work is necessary to prepare for the upcoming intersection improvements. As the work continues, the intersection closure will remain in place and there may be additional temporary traffic impacts near the closure, such as flagging or lane shifts. However, we will continue to do our best to minimize disruptions to traffic and nearby properties.

Temporary pedestrian access routes pedestrian around trenching and excavation work on Neff Road near Purcell intersection

Purcell Extension

Excavation and rock hammering will continue in the vicinity of the Purcell Extension. This work is necessary to prepare the site for the installation of new infrastructure. In addition to the excavation work, stormwater, water and sanitary sewer infrastructure improvements are beginning.

Relocation of underground utilities continues in coordination with franchise utility companies, like gas, power and internet providers. To ensure efficient and timely completion, multiple agencies are working in coordination. During this process, there will be overlapping start and completion cycles within each workday.

excavation equipment crews working on the purcell extension.


Commute Options

  • Commute Options is here to help you with transportation options during construction. Join the Neff/Purcell Improvement Project network on Get There Connect to match up in a carpool, explore your transit, biking, walking options, help reduce traffic and more! Sign up today and learn more about your chance to win a $50 gift card! Visit Commute Options for more information.

Project Communications

  • The City is committed to keeping neighbors, businesses and the community informed throughout the project through public informational meetings, mailings, emails and the project website. For more information, contact the project team at
  • Please contact us if you need any additional materials that would be helpful to spread the word to your patients, clients, customers and delivery personnel regarding detouring and closures.
  • Share the website information where others can also sign up for updates:


Neff Road and Purcell Boulevard intersection, near St. Charles hospital in Bend, will be closed for reconstruction. Plan ahead and understand your detour route. Delays are expected. Give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Detour routes are listed below.

*Please note closure dates are estimates and subject to change. 

Detour Routes

  • Eastbound (south option) – go south on 8th Street, east on Greenwood Avenue, north on 27th Street
  • Eastbound (north option) – go north on 8th Street, east on Butler Market Road and south on 27th Street
  • Westbound (south option) – go south on 27th Street, west on Greenwood Avenue, north on 8th Street
  • Westbound (north option) – go north on 27th Street, west on Butler Market Road and south on 8th Street

Temporary Pedestrian Access Routes

Please use marked temporary pedestrian detours. Please be aware these temporary pedestrian access routes will change as needed during different phases of work.

Interactive Traffic Impacts Map

You may also monitor current and upcoming detours and closures at


This project is partly funded by the voter-approved 2020 Transportation General Obligation (GO) Bond. To learn about more projects around Bend included in the GO Bond, visit