Purcell Blvd. bridge now closed for more than 2 months

The Purcell Boulevard Bridge that crosses the North Unit Irrigation District main canal north of NE Butler Market Road and south of Empire Avenue is now closed through April 30th.

The bridge closure is necessary to allow for bridge widening and other necessary improvements (weather permitting).

Pedestrian and bicycle traffic in this area will also be affected by the total bridge closure.

“We’re adding sidewalks, adding bike lanes – currently the bridge only has two feet of shoulder and really low guard rails so it’s pretty dangerous to walk across,” said Sinclair Burr, project manager for the City of Bend. “We’re making some improvements to the bridge.”

Detour routes for people who drive, ride bikes and walk will be shown at www.bendoregon.gov/empire.

The Empire Corridor Improvements is a priority project that aims to improve safety, transportation options, access, and connectivity for the neighborhood and the traveling public.

The first phase of work has been completed and the second phase is underway:  The second phase of this project is underway. Empire is being extended from Purcell and will tie into the intersection of NE 27th St and NE Butler Market Rd, with a new two-lane roundabout. The Empire extension and 27th St/Butler Market roundabout are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020.

For more information go to www.bendoregon.gov/empire or call the Construction Hotline: 541-200-6979.

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