NEW TODAY: Speed Limit Change in City of Bend – SW Century Drive

Following community input and engineering analysis, speed limit will be lowered this month on the following road section:

· SW Century Drive between Mammoth Drive and Bend City limits near the Entrada Lodge – from 55 mph to 50 mph

The new speed limit signs will have orange warning flags on top for a few weeks to call attention to the changes. Additionally, a speed radar feedback sign will be installed this summer to increase driver speed awareness leaving rural areas and entering into residential communities. The reduction of speed increases safety for surrounding communities.

These speed changes were requested by adjacent residences in response to increasing development, traffic, and bicyclist and pedestrian travel in the area. Century Drive is not only a route to recreational areas, it serves as the access to and through residential developments. Please be considerate of turning motorist, bicyclists and crossing pedestrians.

In Oregon, speeds for roads within the City that are not highways or local residential streets – such as the aforementioned road sections — are set by the Department of Transportation. The new speed limits are established based on a traffic study that looks at existing driving speeds, road characteristics, adjacent land use, access locations and more.

The City asks drivers to pay attention to the new speed changes and be aware of conditions. Oregon’s basic rule speed law requires driving at the speed that is safe for conditions – this may be a speed slower than the posted speed. Drive safely.