Bulletin Staff Report

The Oregon Department of Transportation will host a public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Three Sisters School in Bend to gather input on proposed safety improvement projects for U.S. Highway 97 between Bend and Redmond.

At the meeting, people will be able to view concepts and offer feedback to help refine the final plans as they move into the design phase.

Last year, ODOT asked the public to help identify problem areas along the highway between Bend and Redmond and offer solutions to improve safety.

Recommendations included better highway lighting, more center turning lanes, and reflective pavement markers. ODOT is now recommending such projects with construction scheduled to begin in 2020.

The9-mile stretch of Highway 97 has various driveways and intersections, and up to 30,000 vehicles a day traveling through the corridor, according to ODOT. Five years of data shows more than 100 crashes have occurred in the corridor.

For those unable to attend the public meeting, information is available online at www.US97RedmondBend.org to review the recommended improvements and submit comments.