Greg Walden Announces U.S. Department of Transportation Grant Award of $60 Million to Reroute Highway 97

July 23, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. --  Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding a grant for $60.4 million to the Oregon Department of Transportation to help reroute Highway 97 on the north end of Bend.

The grant would provide essential funding to the Oregon Department of Transportation to reroute U.S. Highway 97 north of Empire Avenue. This project has long been a top priority for Walden, as the highway is a main thoroughfare in Oregon’s second congressional district. Earlier this year, Walden met with Bend and Deschutes County leaders to discuss the highway project, which will reduce traffic and make the highway safer for residents and visitors in Central Oregon. Walden also met with Secretary Chao and directly expressed his support for this grant application.

“Having travelled that section of Highway 97 myself many times and after hearing the concerns from local residents and community leaders, this is excellent news,” said Walden. “Helping this project move forward is one of my top priorities as it widely impacts many residents and visitors in the area. This project will significantly improve freight mobility and help reduce traffic congestion and dangers to drivers. I want to thank Secretary Chao for awarding this grant and improving the lives and safety of Central Oregonians.”

“On behalf of myself and Deschutes County, I’d like to express my extreme gratitude for Rep. Walden’s help and work on this grant,” said Deschutes County Commissioner Phil Henderson. “Our transportation needs are a huge priority for Deschutes County so this news today is timely and greatly appreciated.“