NE Bend Canal Trail to close until July

A popular trail in NE Bend will close for eight months beginning Friday.

The North Unit Irrigation District (NUID) canal trail will be closed between NE Purcell Boulevard and Deschutes Market Road beginning October 18 until July 1, 2020.

The 10-month closure is needed to widen the Purcell Boulevard canal bridge and construct a new bridge for the Empire Boulevard road extension.

The new section of Empire will connect the existing road from Purcell to the intersection of NE Butler Market Road and 27th Street. Access to Pine Nursery Park via the north side of the NUID canal trail will remain open during bridge construction. As part of this construction phase, a new pedestrian undercrossing will be completed for the new section of Empire north of the canal.

The public is reminded to stay out of the construction zone for their safety. For more information go to www.bendoregon.gov/empire or call the Construction Hotline: 541-200-6979

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