US 97/US 20 Refinement Plan

Kittelson & Associates, Inc., in collaboration with ODOT, Deschutes County, and the City of Bend, completed the US 97 & US 20 Refinement Plan to address land use and mobility issues around the north end of Bend. The process identified two most promising system-wide alternatives for the location and nature of future improvements that would support adjacent land uses and preserve the long-term integrity and regional mobility function of the two highways. The project involved a board range of collaboration and technical elements including traffic operations and safety analysis, system conceptual design, access management strategies, alternatives evaluation and refinement, stakeholder engagement and collaboration, and cost estimating and project prioritization. ODOT is using the results of the Refinement Plan process to work through a formal NEPA process to narrow down on a preferred long-term solution for the highways.