Local officials from Bend, the state of Oregon and Hamilton Construction are scheduled to attend a ground-breaking event 2 p.m. Monday to mark the start of the Murphy Road project, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced Thursday.
Work will begin at the site, just south of Shari’s restaurant, Third Street, on the $11 million phase one, according to ODOT.
Phase one includes construction of one roundabout and two bridges, including at Murphy Road and an overcrossing connecting south Third Street to southbound U.S. Highway 97, and a new alignment of Murphy Road.
Phase two is expected to begin late 2014.
“The elimination of the signalized intersections at Third Street and Pinebrook Boulevard on U.S. 97 will alleviate congestion and increase mobility in the corridor and greatly reduce the crashes at these locations, which are some of the highest in central Oregon,” according to Peter Murphy, ODOT spokesman.