The Bend City Council will hold a roundtable on the topic of a transportation fee from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, August 9. Interested community members are encouraged to livestream the event.
A transportation fee is a recurring fee on utility bills because everyone relies on the transportation system (mail delivery, garbage hauling services, food delivery, bus routes, etc.). A well-maintained transportation system allows people and goods and services to move safely and efficiently.
Details and login information can be found here.
June 26, 2023
The City of Bend was awarded roughly $25 million in state and federal dollars for the landmark Hawthorne Avenue Pedestrian and Bicyclist Overcrossing project.
Close to $20 million in funding comes through the federal Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program. Additionally, through House Bill 5030, in which money is allocated to local priorities across Oregon, the state legislature allocated $5 million for the Hawthorne Overcrossing.
This project is supported by the Bend Chamber of Commerce, Central Oregon LandWatch, the Bend Central District Business Association and many other local, state and federal agencies and organizations.
“The Midtown Crossings are vital to catalyzing redevelopment of Bend’s Central District and Core Area. These key areas of our City will accommodate more of Bend’s rapid growth in ways that deliver complete communities – places with more affordable housing options close to essential services, with nature nearby and convenient, safe ways to get around that don’t always require a car,” said Corie Harlan, Cities & Towns Program Manager of Central Oregon LandWatch. “This funding for the critical and transformative Hawthorne Overcrossing project will help ensure Bend is a more equitable, healthy, and climate-resilient place for all.”
“The Hawthorne Overcrossing is so much more than a transportation project,” said Katy Brooks, CEO of the Bend Chamber of Commerce. “It is a significant step forward for economic development in the Central District and Downtown and joins two sides of the parkway that invites people to regularly travel between east and west whether that’s by walking, riding, or rolling. It will be a centerpiece in Bend.”
The Hawthorne Overcrossing will be a pedestrian and bicycle only crossing that will provide a much-needed connection over Highway 97 and the railroad for east-west travel. The overcrossing will connect Downtown and the Bend Central District by providing safe and comfortable walking and biking opportunities.
“We are committed to sustainably and equitably reconnecting our city—east and west. The Hawthorne Bridge is the key link in this effort,” said Bend City Councilor Anthony Broadman. “This investment is the single biggest step in building a city and connected transportation system that works for all of us."
The Hawthorne Overcrossing is part of the larger Midtown Pedestrian and Bicycle Crossing project, which seeks to improve east-west connectivity through safer walking and biking connections across the railroad and the parkway at Hawthorne, Franklin and Greenwood Avenues.
More information on the Midtown Pedestrian and Bicycle Crossings can be found at bendoregon.gov/midtowncrossings.
Tuesday, June 27, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Westside Church, 2051 NW Shevlin Park Rd.,
Bend Informational meeting begins at 5:00 p.m., with a brief presentation at 5:15 p.m.
You are invited to a community meeting on June 27 to learn about the Portland Avenue Project and provide input on potential improvements. The improvements from Ninth Street to the Portland Avenue bridge may be built as a synergy project concurrent with the Awbrey Butte Waterline Improvement project. The areas west of Ninth Street and east of the bridge may be constructed under separate projects. Find more information and sign up for project updates at: bendoregon.gov/awbrey-waterline Project
Phone Line: 541-382-3264
At its June 21 meeting, the Bend City Council approved the City’s $1.3 billion, two-year budget.
In May, the Budget Committee, which is comprised of seven City Councilors and an equal number of community members, discussed and approved the proposed 2023-25 biennial budget in public meetings.
The Budget Committee included a few amendments that increased some key service areas:
Documents are available at bendoregon.gov/budget. The City Manager’s budget message also provides a high-level overview of the budget.
To learn more about how the budget works, watch this short, animated video, How The Budget Works
SAFETY FIRST Drive carefully through the work zone. Please be aware of construction activities, including open-trench excavation. Open trenches are fenced off at the end of each day.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATEWeek of June 19 construction activities:
DETOURS IN EFFECT
PROJECT COMMUNICATIONSGeneral Project Notes
Bend Summer Criterium Race Series takes place at Pacific Crest Middle School, June 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2023
The Bend Summer Criterium Race Series will take place at Pacific Crest Middle School, June 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2023.
The roads that will be closed from 3:45 p.m.-8:15 p.m. are as follows:
Pre-race clinic (must pre-reg for that, juniors free)
Start 4:15 PM
Length 30 minutes
Junior Open*, Junior Women*, 9-18 years old
Start - 5:00 PM
Length 25 Minutes
Women 1/2/3* Women 4/5 Women Masters 1/2/3* Women Masters 4/5
Start 5:30 PM
Length 30 Minutes
Open 4/5 Open Masters 4/5
Start 6:15 PM
Length 40 Minutes
Open 1/2/3* Open 1/2/3* Masters
Start 7:00 PM
Length 60 Minutes
This month's Neighborhood Newsletter provides updates on multiple initiatives. Please take a look at the details here
Topics this month:
The City of Bend will hold a “hybrid” public hearing before the City Council on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at 7:00 p.m
1. Statutory Development Agreement to partition a 7.12 acre property north of Simpson Avenue between 15th Street and Mt. Washington Avenue into 2 parcels for affordable housing (PLRPDA20220926)
2. Right-of-Way Vacation application to vacate the unimproved segment of 17th Street north of Simpson Avenue (PLMISC20220927)
Details and meeting link can be accessed here
Please click on the below link to see the details of the Awbrey Butte Waterline Project. this includes maps and dates of construction.
Awbrey Butte Waterline
The City is looking for community members to join a new temporary committee designed to help guide the future of how and where trees will be regulated in Bend.
On May 3, the Bend City Council approved a resolution that forms a temporary committee called the Tree Regulation Update Advisory Committee. The committee, which will range between 11-15 people, is charged with developing and proposing potential changes to City codes and standards for tree preservation.
The committee will be comprised of the following members:
Anyone interested who fits into one of the categories listed above can apply on the Advisory Committee Application webpage on the city’s website by 5 p.m. on May 12.
For more information and overall timeline for the code update, visit the Tree Regulation Update webpage.