The City of Bend is looking ahead to a large infrastructure bond on the ballot in May 2020. That bond should address several major outstanding needs relating to transportation infrastructure in our area. The Old Farm District was annexed into the City in 1998 and much of our streets are still only at County – not City – standards (think, sidewalks, safe crossings, ADA compliance, etc).
That bond will also address many components of the Transportation System Plan (TSP), which is expected to be adopted in 2020. The TSP is a guide to the next 20 years of roadway priorities in and around Bend. The City is currently in the process of drafting a new version of the Plan in consultation with advisory groups like CTAC – the Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee.
City Manager Eric King presented on how these transportation issues are handled in Bend. He offered explanations for how we got here and a look ahead. Senior Planner Karen Swirsky and Senior Analyst Susanna Julber joined him to explain the technical and funding aspects of transportation in Bend.
Contact City Manager Eric King at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-693-2118.
For more information on the TSP or CTAC, contact Senior Planner Karen Swirsky at email@example.com or 541-323-8513.
Senior Project & Policy Analyst Susanna Julber can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-693-2132.
If you have concerns about transportation in Bend, there are several ways to be heard.
For big picture stuff, talk to city councilors, members of CTAC, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), or join a public meeting. Or talk to us!
For fixes around the neighborhood, from potholes to unpaved roads, submit a Citizen Service Request.
Also be sure to drop us a line so that we can help advocate for your ideas!