Road crews in August will be filling ruts on U.S. Highway 97 between Bend and Redmond to improve safety, according to Peter Murphy with the Oregon Department of Transportation.
“The ruts in the road really do affect the drive,” he said. “They’re deep enough to move a car from one lane to the other.”
The stretch of highway between Redmond and Bend is the most heavily traveled segment of road in Central Oregon, Murphy said. He does not yet know what the construction schedule will be, but said it’s possible crews will be working at night.
The same stretch of highway will be completely ground down and repaved in spring or summer 2014, thanks to Oregon Transportation Commission approval of the $4.9 million dollar project.
“We know that the highway has worn away from the top down, and that’s classic studded tire damage,” said Bob Bryant, ODOT Region 4 manager. “The normal life span for a highway like this should be 15 years before ODOT has to reinvest public funds to maintain a smooth roadway service. The damage from studded tires reduces that life expectancy for this segment of U.S. 97 to just 10 (years).”
— From staff reports