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More Blasting Along Highway 97 At Empire Ave


On Thursday April 4th, crews will complete another blast of hard basalt along U.S. 97 near Empire Avenue. This blast is the third of six making way for the new section of the parkway, part of the Bend North Corridor project. The road will be closed for up to 15 minutes between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. This brief closure of the highway allows for a clear zone around the blast site.

If you travel this route on Thursday evening, plan ahead and give yourself extra time. Be prepared to stop and give our crews space. If you want to avoid the delays, consider an alternate route. Last week’s blast on Saturday morning 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.

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