Editorial: A good thing happening on Reed Market Road

More construction is scheduled to begin along Reed Market Road this summer.

There will be detours. There will be congestion. There will be hassles and delays.

But if the city of Bend does what it is planning, every business and home in that area and in Bend should be easily able to find out what’s coming and when.

The city put out door hangers in the neighborhood. It had a public meeting on May 12 and another is scheduled for May 28. The construction is going to be discussed at Bend City Council meetings. The city will even have tables set up at some neighborhood events and street fairs in Bend.

Basically what’s going to happen is the road is getting repaved and improved. Reed Market will have two travel lanes, bike lanes and a center turn lane. A two-lane roundabout will be installed at Reed and 15th Street. American Lane is being realigned with a new bridge over the canal and installation of a traffic signal. The project is scheduled for completion in November 2015.

The best place to find updated information is www.bendoregon.gov/gobond. You then have to click into the Reed Market Road section.

One important thing to know is that one eastbound lane of Reed Market will remain open throughout construction. Westbound traffic will be detoured along Ninth Street to Wilson Avenue.

If the past is any guide, even if the city does its best to notify everyone, some people in the area will not get the message. Businesses may also suffer because customers will avoid the construction. We hope Central Oregonians don’t let that happen.

The money for all this and more came from the $30 million GO bond approved by Bend voters in 2011. The status quo on Reed Market needed to change. And now it is.