South US 97 Redesign (Redmond, OR)

US Highway 97 in southern Redmond, Oregon, is a vital commercial area and national transportation link, but high speeds make this urban roadway unsafe and inhospitable to non-drivers. Building upon past community visioning efforts led by SERA, this project took concept development further with a holistic look at making US Highway 97 a multi-modal route, improving business and neighborhood access and becoming a welcoming gateway to fast-growing Redmond.

As part of team led by HDR, SERA was involved throughout the project – from evaluating existing conditions and conducting stakeholder conversations in the beginning, to preparing concept streetscape and gateway designs at the end. SERA’s insights into the link between the city and region led to a hybrid concept that eventually became the recommended design.

The final concept greatly simplifies circulation and connectivity along the highway corridor, and introduces a full streetscape redesign, including landscaped curb zones, a complete sidewalk system, protected bikeways, and integration with the local street network. New gateway concept designs along the 2-mile corridor help announce travelers’ arrival in to Redmond, and highlight the significance of this historically important Central Oregon region.