Speed limit lowered on Business US-97



BEND, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Transportation has lowered the speed limit on the business stretch of US Highway 97 in Bend from 45 to 35 miles per hour. The new limit will affect the highway from Empire Boulevard to Mount Washington Drive. The move comes after analysis of traffic, speed data and pedestrian use of the road determined the speed limit change will increase overall safety. Some of the impacting issues included transit stops and private business development in the stretch.