Contractors will begin upgrading Pinebrook Avenue in Bend to accommodate heavier loads as the Murphy Road improvement project gets underway, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.
Starting Monday, Pinebrook between U.S. Highway 97, the Parkway, and Third Street will be reconstructed in half and half segments, ODOT announced. Business access will be maintained.
Motorists accustomed to Pinebrook as a regular route should plan alternate routes during the three weeks of construction. New traffic signals will be installed at Pinebrook and Third to enhance traffic movement and to provide protected northbound and southbound left turns at the Parkway, ODOT explained.
Once the Pinebrook project is complete, probably by mid-September, ODOT will close southbound U.S. 97 at Third Street to remove the signalized intersection. This closure will direct motorists to use Pinebrook to access the Parkway.
The Murphy Road project is scheduled for completion in 2015; the Pinebrook signals will be removed and a barrier installed, preventing through traffic from using this crossing, according to ODOT. Southbound motorists on Third Street will then use a newly constructed overpass to access the southbound Parkway. Northbound motorists will be directed to use Badger or Powers to access the Parkway.