Proposed multi-use trail would link Bend to Lava Lands

ODOT invites  public to review plans for Lava Lands trail

April 6, 2021

For more information, contact Richard Swart,  541-213-5845, richard.swart@odot.state.or.us

BEND, Ore. —  The Oregon Department of Transportation is inviting the public to provide feedback on plans for a paved multi-use trail from south of Bend to the Lava Lands Visitor Center.

The proposed six mile long trail will start south of Bend at the Baker Rd/Knott Road Interchange. From there it will wind through a forest and old lava flow, terminating at the Lava Lands Visitor Center at Lava Butte. Along the way, the multi-use trail provides connections to the High Desert Museum, Sun Lava trail system, and Sunriver.

ODOT received federal grants for the planning, design and construction of the trail, which will be ADA accessible. The trail is a major component of the Lava Lands regional trail system concept, and is expected to serve more than 80,000 visitors a year once it is built.

The Deschutes National Forest currently is preparing an Environmental Analysis (EA) of the proposal, which will also include collecting and reviewing public comments for the portion of the trail within the Forest Service Boundary. The public comment period for the Environmental Analysis of the project will be available Thursday, April 8 and be announced in a separate release from the Forest Service.

To help the public better understand this project, ODOT has prepared an online open house website where members of the public can review the feasibility study completed for the project and provide feedback on the alternatives examined.

The open house is located at: https://odotopenhouse.org/openhouse/us97multiusetrailproject.

The site will be open for review and feedback through April 30.