By Monicia Warner

The Bulletin

Traffic on SE Reed Market Road will become testy in a few weeks as roadwork between Third and Ninth streets begins.

A single eastbound lane will close Sept. 8 while crews begin installing sewer lines and grinding up the roadway. Vehicles will still be able to travel east in the northern lane, according to Ryan Oster, the city of Bend’s manager for the Reed Market project.

“In order to maintain some traffic on Reed Market, we’re doing half at a time,” Oster said Friday. “We’re going to start work on the southern portion.”

All westbound traffic will be detoured to Wilson Avenue and Ninth Street.

Construction on the corridor between Third and Ninth streets was scheduled to begin in June, but after discussing plans with the city, contractor Knife River Corp. decided to focus on the roundabout at Reed Market and 15th Street. The city had been shooting for the roundabout work to be done by Nov. 15.

“It’s one of those funny things, when we plan it out … that’s all before we actually get a contractor on board to do the work,” Oster said.

“I think they felt, because of that (Nov. 15) deadline, (the roundabout) was their first milestone. We want to focus all of our time and effort on that to make sure we reach the deadline.”

Oster said the roundabout work is on schedule, with crews doing utility relocation work and pouring retaining walls.

“We’re still shooting for the Nov. 15 date,” he said.

The last phase of the Reed Market corridor project is work on the road between Ninth and 15th streets, scheduled for completion by October 2015.

That section of Reed Market will remain open until fall 2015, when the Third to Ninth street section and roundabout at 15th and Reed Market are complete and open to traffic.

“Then we’re going to close that full portion between Ninth and 15th and connect the roundabout to the rest of the Reed Market portion we’ve already done,” Oster said.

Oster said this last phase will cost $9 million of the $30 million GO Transportation Bond approved by voters in 2011.

Depending on how much is left over from bond funds, the city plans to take a closer look at 14th Street on the city’s west side.

“We don’t want to commit that money until Reed (Market) is done,” Oster said. “This winter, we’re looking at doing a conceptual study of 14th, to see exactly the extent of the work we could do.”

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