BEND, Ore. -

Monday night, ODOT was closing the southbound Highway 97 (Bend Parkway left-turn lane at Third Street as part of the Murphy Road project to remove the signalized intersection. Southbound motorists will be directed to turn onto 3rd Street at Powers Road.

Closure of this lane will allow construction to proceed for the overpass that will reconnect southbound Third Street to southbound Highway 97 when the project is complete.

At the conclusion of the project in 2015, the Third Street intersection will be removed, signals at Pinebrook will be removed and a barrier installed.

Southbound motorists on Third Street will then use the newly constructed overpass to access the southbound Parkway.

ODOT asks that drivers please use caution while driving in the area and be alert for visual messages directing traffic onto detour routes.