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A paving crew with Knife River Corp. works on SE Murphy Road near SE Parrell Road in Bend in May 2021. 

The Murphy Road overcrossing in Bend will be open to the public starting Thursday.

Pedestrians and bicyclists will be invited to use the bridge, which goes over the railroad tracks in southeast Bend, between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. before it is opened up to cars, according to an announcement from the city. A ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. will then officially mark the opening of the project.

The overcrossing marks the completion of a years-long series of improvements along the Murphy Road corridor in southeast Bend.

Other improvements included a new, three-lane roadway from Parrell Road to Brosterhous Road, three roundabouts, 1.75 miles of shared-use bike lanes and sidewalks and safe crossings to neighborhoods, schools and the soon-to-exist Alpenglow Park, according to the city.

Extending Murphy Road to SE 15th Street has been a priority project for the city since 2001. The Bend City Council approved funding for the improvements in 2018, and construction began in August 2019.

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