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Bend, Oregon

Columbia Street and Simpson Avenue Roundabout Opens

Bend’s newest roundabout opened today, August 27, at Columbia Street and Simpson Avenue thanks to a multi-agency partnership. The addition of the roundabout was made possible with funding from the Bend Park and Recreation District (BPRD) and Oregon State University-Cascades. The City of Bend Engineering and Infrastructure Planning Department oversaw planning, design and construction management for the project.
BEND, OR

Weekly Road and Traffic Report for the Week of Aug 30 – Sept 5

As we continue through construction season, please remember to slow down, read traffic signs and stay on the designated detour routes. Check in weekly on upcoming closures and detours at bendoregon.gov/traffic. SE Wilson Avenue between SE 3rd street and SE 15th street for potholing activities, intermittent single lane closure with...
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City Connects Neighborhoods to Sewer

Several Bend neighborhoods have successfully connected to public sewer through the Septic to Sewer Conversion Program which allows people to convert from private septic systems to City sewer service and is funded through utility rates. The Via Sandia, East Lake, and Orion neighborhoods in southeast Bend applied to the program...
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Weekly Road and Traffic Report for week of Aug. 23-29

As we continue through construction season, please remember to slow down, read traffic signs and stay on the designated detour routes. Check in weekly on upcoming closures and detours at bendoregon.gov/traffic. For the Week of Aug 23 – 29:. Street Preservation – A rubberized chip seal will be placed on...
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Bend City Council ratifies emergency declaration prohibiting fireworks use through Dec. 1, 2021

Tonight, the Bend City Council ratified a local emergency declaration prohibiting the use of all fireworks within Bend city limits through Dec. 1, 2021. The emergency declaration identifies ongoing drought conditions and extreme fire risk as the need for this additional fire prevention measure. The prohibition on fireworks use was supported by Council during its Aug. 4 meeting as a way to preserve public safety and mitigate fire risk until the Council is able to consider a permanent prohibition on the sale and use of fireworks in Bend later this year.
BEND, OR

Weekly Road and Traffic Report for week of Aug 16 – 22:

We’re now in the middle of construction season! As you navigate your way through the City streets and neighborhoods, please remember to slow down, read the signs and stay on the designated detour routes. Check in weekly with the City on upcoming closures through the website: bendoregon.gov/traffic. Construction season will not last forever, please be patient and remember to drive like you’re in your own neighborhood.
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Bend City Council Urges Deschutes County Commission to Mandate Indoor Masks

Today, Bend Mayor Sally Russell sent a letter to the Deschutes County Commission on behalf of the Bend City Council. In the letter, Mayor Russell asks the Deschutes County Commission to mandate mask-wearing for all indoor, public spaces. The letter references the substantial increase in COVID-19 cases, the presence of the Delta variant in Deschutes County, and the status of the local hospital system as the basis for the request.
BEND, OR

Weekly Road and Traffic Report for the Week of Aug 9 – 15:

We’re now in the middle of construction season! As you navigate your way through the City streets and neighborhoods, please remember to slow down, read the signs and stay on the designated detour routes. Check in weekly with the City on upcoming closures through the website: bendoregon.gov/traffic. Construction season will not last forever, please be patient and remember to drive like you’re in your own neighborhood.
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Utility Department Outback Site Risk Management Program Hands-on Exercise

The City of Bend Utility Department completed an emergency management table-top exercise related to chemical storage at water facilities on June 14 - 25, 2021. The exercise prepares staff and officials to access procedures, protocol and assess vulnerabilities if an emergency should arise. The Utility is required by the Environmental Protection Agency to perform these exercises and remains in compliance.
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CORRECTION: City of Bend opens online Fair Housing survey

CORRECTION: The previous version of this story misspelled the website address for accessing the survey. That has been corrected below. The City of Bend invites community members to participate in a survey to assess the status of fair housing within our community. Fair housing means available and accessible housing exists in all neighborhoods free from housing discrimination or harassment for people to live where they would like to live.
BEND, OR

Weekly Road and Traffic Report for the Week of July 26 – August 1

We’re now in the middle of construction season! As you navigate your way through the City streets and neighborhoods, please remember to slow down, read the signs and stay on the designated detour routes. Check in weekly with the City on upcoming closures through the website: bendoregon.gov/traffic. Construction season will not last forever, please be patient and remember to drive like you’re in your own neighborhood.
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New Road Closures and Detours on Newport Avenue

Construction work on Newport Avenue continues as construction begins on a new segment of the Newport Avenue Corridor Improvements Project and crews start a resurfacing project on the Newport Avenue Bridge. Construction on the Newport Corridor Improvements Project is moving along. Work will begin on a new segment of the...
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City of Bend budget adjustment recommendations prioritize housing and maintaining service levels for community

During today’s City Council work session, the Council supported staff recommendations for a $13.1 million budget adjustment focused on supporting housing and meeting service needs for the community. The budget adjustments support the 2021-2023 City Council Goals and include $6 million of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding, with the remainder coming from state funding and other sources. Council is expected to adopt the recommended budget adjustments at its August 18 meeting.
BEND, OR

City of Bend accepting applications for Planning Commission

The City of Bend is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission. Applications can be submitted online and are being accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, August 6, 2021. Planning Commissioners are volunteers, appointed by City Council. Commissioners can serve two four-year terms, or up to 10...
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Weekly Road and Traffic Report for Week the July 19 – 25

We’re now in the middle of construction season! As you navigate your way through the City streets and neighborhoods, please remember to slow down, read the signs and stay on the designated detour routes. Check in weekly with the City on upcoming closures through the website: bendoregon.gov/traffic. Construction season will not last forever, please be patient and remember to drive like you’re in your own neighborhood.
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North Interceptor Sewer Line Project Update - July 6, 2021

Thank you for your interest in the North Interceptor Sewer Line Project. The North Interceptor Sewer Line is a large diameter sewer transmission line that allows the City to decommission pump stations and increase sewer capacity as part of the Community-supported Growth Plan. The project is broken up into three...
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Weekly Road and Traffic Report for the Week of July 12 – 18

Intersection of SE 15th Street and SE Caldera Drive for roundabout construction, full intersection closure with detour (Shoefly Road constructed), 7/14/21 - 9/10/21. Reed Market Road Bridge over Deschutes River closed between Mt. Bachelor Way and Alderwood Circle for bridge resurfacing, detour onto Colorado Avenue, 7/12/21 - 7/23/21 (Mon – Fri), 5 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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City of Bend extends local state of emergency through end of August | La ciudad de Bend prolonga el estado de emergencia local hasta finales de agosto

The City of Bend is extending the local state of emergency in response to extreme weather conditions through the end of August. The emergency order includes mobilizing City resources to provide support services to unhoused community members and the immediate ban on the use of all fireworks within the City of Bend. The amended emergency order extends the expiration date from July 9 to August 31 and updates the findings to be more current.
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