After nearly 10 months of construction and months of delays, the intersection at NE Neff Road and NE Purcell Blvd. in Bend is back open.
The intersection near St. Charles Medical Center and Pilot Butte Middle School opened at 11:30 a.m. with workers removing barriers
The intersection has been closed since February to make improvements. Those include the addition of separate left-turn lanes, new southbound and westbound right turn lanes, wider shared-use paths, street lighting, accessible curb ramps and sidewalk improvements.
The project was initially supposed to wrap up last summer, but it was delayed after the City said workers found old, unmapped infrastructure remnants, gas, communication and power lines deep under the road.
The City is asking people to drive carefully after the road re-opens because the contractor is finishing sidewalks, landscaping and more. Expect intermittent lane shifts with flaggers.
“In addition to the intersection, the project includes completing a modernized Purcell Boulevard from Full Moon Drive to Courtney Drive, including widening the roadway, building sidewalks, and also adding bike lanes on Purcell Boulevard between Butler Market Road and Robinson Street. The Purcell extension is anticipated to open late December, connecting Purcell between Neff and Butler Market,” the City said in a statement. “Travelers accustomed to using Daggett Lane for cross-town travel will be able to instead use Purcell, a collector street designed for higher traffic volumes. Please drive slowly and stay alert: this new section of Purcell is a residential collector road with a 25 mph speed limit.”