MVNA is home to several major roads and therefore we also have our share of road and transportation projects. We make every effort to communicate with our neighbors about major developments in transportation and street safety.
Contact us if you have questions or concerns about transportation in MVNA.
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Below are links to current transportation projects in our neighborhood (newest at the top).
Look out for pedestrians as days grow shorter, foggier
Oct. 4, 2021
For more information, contact Katherine Benenati, 503-871-0388
SALEM – October is Pedestrian Safety Month — a great time to brush up on the basics of keeping everyone safer on our roads, whether you’re commuting to work or just getting exercise.
Pedestrian safety is especially important as the days get shorter and foggier. Fatal crashes involving pedestrians are far more likely to take place at night when it’s harder to see people walking. In 2019, 76% of pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. occurred when it was dark out, according to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Fatal crashes involving pedestrians are also more likely to occur away from an intersection. In 2019 in the U.S., according to NHTSA, 73% of pedestrian fatalities occurred at locations that were not intersections such as crossing in between intersections.
In the U.S., 6,205 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2019. An estimated 76,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes, the NHTSA data shows.
In Oregon, the number of pedestrians killed in a motor vehicle crash increased from 79 in 2018 to 85 in 2019. Between 2015-2019, 16% of all those who died in crashes were pedestrians.
The top driver error involved in these crashes: failing to yield right-of-way to a pedestrian.
- Plan ahead to avoid unplanned delays.
- Know and follow traffic laws.
- Be aware of their surroundings.
- Pay attention to weather and road conditions and drive accordingly.
- Focus on the task at hand: walking, rolling, biking or driving.
- Drive, walk, bike or roll sober. Alcohol and drugs impair your abilities and judgment.
- Look for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists when you look for oncoming vehicles and other traffic. Be especially mindful in parking lots, at stop signs, when backing up, or parking.
- Be extra cautious when driving in hard-to-see conditions or in places where you normally see people crossing such as parks, schools, shopping areas and busy intersections.
- Slow down and be prepared to stop when entering a crosswalk.
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see crossing pedestrians.
- Follow the speed limit, especially around people walking and in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present.
- Check all crosswalks before turning to see if people are trying to cross the road and to look for oncoming cars.
Tips for Pedestrians
- Stay alert and ditch the distractions: Keep your eyes and ears open and ditch the distractions like texting, talking on the cell phone, or listening to headphones.
- Cross with caution and cross at corners: Don’t assume the coast is clear just because you’re using the crosswalk and the WALK sign is on. Continue to watch for traffic as you cross — especially for turning vehicles.
- Be clear to drivers: If you wish to cross, be sure to make eye contact with drivers. If you’re not sure the driver sees you, let the vehicle go first.
- Be visible: Wear bright clothing (even white clothing may not be visible at night). Add reflective material or a blinking light to your jacket or backpack or carry a flashlight at night. Be extra careful when walking at dawn or dusk.
- Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways or backing up in parking lots.
- Face oncoming traffic and use sidewalks when they are available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
- Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where people driving expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning. If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, find a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to safely cross and continue watching for traffic as you cross.
Clink on the links to download some tips and a guidebook. For more information on ODOT’s Pedestrian and Bicycle program visit www.Oregonwalkbike.org. You can also download digital toolkits to help get the word out on pedestrian safety.
And remember we’re all pedestrians!
Empire Corridor Improvements – Weekly Update September 28, 2021
City of Bend
EMPIRE CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS WEEKLY UPDATE
September 30, 2021
NE Purcell Blvd and NE Butler Market Roundabout Scheduled to Open By Thursday, October 7th
NE Purcell Blvd Between NUID Canal and Butler Market Road to Finish Final Paving and Striping
- Limited access to area homes will remain open, but there may be brief delays.
- Construction is dependent on weather, COVID-19
Empire Corridor Improvements – Weekly Update September 28, 2021
Knife River Will be Paving
Along NE Purcell Blvd and Butler Market Road/Purcell Blvd
Wednesday, September 29thth and Thursday, September 30th
Please Be Aware of Delays!
City of Bend – Central Oregon Safe Travel Summit – 09/30/2021
City of Bend Central Oregon Safe Travel Summit
Date:09/30/2021 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location:Virtual Meeting Platform
Please join us for the first-ever Central Oregon Safe Travel Summit. This virtual Summit will address one of Central Oregon’s most pressing problems – transportation safety.
In 2020, despite a deep reduction in highway travel in Central Oregon, serious crashes increased sharply. 31 people
Bend and Deschutes County Transportation Safety Survey
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
Empire Corridor Improvements – Weekly Update 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.
Roundabout Revolution: The history of Bend’s love/hate relationship with RABs
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
Street Preservation September 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 bendoregon.gov/streetpreservation.
Empire Corridor Improvements – Weekly Update September 16, 2021
September 16, 2021
NE Purcell Blvd and NE Butler Market Roundabout to be Completed in October
Due to a COVID outbreak, the opening of the new roundabout has been delayed and is now slated for October.
Intermittent work will occur at the intersections of NE Wild Rivers Loop, NE Cradle Mountain Way, NE Purser Avenue and NE Castle Avenue for
Please help improve bicycling in Bend – take the community survey
Summary from Transportation Mobility Department: To help us gain a better understanding of local residents’ bike riding experiences in our community as we travel along this path towards a truly multimodal transportation system, we would greatly appreciate your help by taking a public survey hosted for the City of Bend by the League of American Bicyclists. The City has applied
City of Bend Snow and Ice Plans
Winter is on the way, and everyone is getting ready. The City has a plan for maintaining streets, and a winter tips website to help individuals know what to expect.
During winter snow operations, the City’s Streets & Operations Division prioritizes the highest-use streets that accommodate the most drivers and access hospitals, major employment areas, schools and transit routes. Priority routes receive de-icing, sanding, and plowing first. Get plowing information and maps here.
During the occasional extreme storms, it may be necessary to stay focused on clearing priority routes, which could mean postponing lower priority routes until the priority routes are safe and open to traffic. Lower-use streets—the local residential streets—are a lower priority. Alleys are not considered priorities.
Winter weather in Bend can range from inches to feet of snow, and conditions can vary widely in different areas of town. The City plans budgets and resources for the average winter, and adjusts operations for the occasional extreme storms, which can be challenging for everyone.
The City maintains 865 lane miles with two daily work shifts, 17 snow plow operators per shift and 24 pieces of equipment, from light-duty pickups to medium-duty dump trucks to heavy-duty (two motor graders) with plows.
To determine what operations are needed for any given storm, the Streets & Operations Division Manager considers many factors – snow accumulation, moisture content, presence of sleet, freezing rain or hail, temperatures and forecasts. One decision is whether to call in contractors to help. Contractors are typically called to help plow local residential roads during the occasional extreme storm events. Streets crews support and collaborate with Police and Fire to provide access for emergency services.
Go to bendoregon.gov/winter-operations to find plowing and sanding zone maps, Frequently Asked Questions and much more.Winter Preparation for everyone!
Everyone has a responsibility to prepare for winter and there is more to think about than just the roads. That means getting resources and supplies lined up before the big storm hits. The City has a one-stop website for a lot of winter preparation tips. Learn what to expect and get information about street plowing, sidewalk shoveling and protecting your pipes and home and more, at bendoregon.gov/winter. Worried about driving in the snow? Be sure to peek at the Oregon Department of Transportation’s helpful winter driving guide.
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