Upcoming Construction Blasts Will Impact Travel


Two separate blasts for different construction projects will impact traffic on the north end of Bend this week.

On the evening of Thursday April 11, Crews for Powell Development will complete blasting along U.S. 20 in preparation for the new Costco location. U.S. 20 will be fully closed between Robal Lane and Cooley Road for up to 15 minutes between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

On the morning of Saturday April 13, Bend North Corridor crews will complete the fourth blast of hard basalt along U.S. 97 near Empire Avenue. U.S. 97 will be closed for up to 15 minutes between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. These blasts are making way for the new section of the parkway, part of the Bend North Corridor project.

Both brief highway closures allow for a clear zone around the blasting sites. If you travel these routes during blasting times, plan ahead and give yourself extra time. Be prepared to stop and give crews space. If you want to avoid the delays, consider an alternate route. Last week’s blast stopped traffic for only 7 minutes.

All work is dependent on weather conditions, and schedules are subject to change. Visit the Bend North Corridor website for more detailed information.

Pay attention in the work zone, slow down and move over – imagine this is where you work! Always drive safely, watch for construction signs and workers. Remember that fines double in all Oregon work zones, whether workers and signs are present or not.


Annual Rhubarb Festival

This event started in La Pine at L & S Gardens. Upon the retirement of Linda she graciously passed the event on to the La Pine Senior Activity Center.  Each year the community, gathers with everything Rhubarb.