BEND, Ore. -

Crews will begin clearing the way for a new multi-use path from Sunriver to Lava Lands Visitor Center as soon as Monday, depending upon weather conditions, ODOT officials said Wednesday.

Construction of the new path is a joint effort between the Oregon Department of Transportation and the U. S. Forest Service to create a 5.5-mile paved, multi-use path between Sunriver, Benham East Day Use Area and Lava Butte. 

Funding for the $2.3 million project comes from the Federal Public Lands Program and ODOT Rail Safety.

The immediate purpose of the path is to provide a safe, accessible way for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel between Sunriver, Benham East Day Use Area and Lava Butte. 

Another important purpose is to create a non-highway transportation link between the three tourist destinations. 

ODOT Assistant Project Manager Cari Charlton said, “We’re excited to partner with the U. S. Forest Service on this project since it provides a multi-modal option for travelers to reach attractions in the Newberry National Monument and direct access to many other recreation trails without having to travel on the highway.”

Mobilization for the project is already underway with workers set to begin clearing and grubbing operations as soon as Monday.  For more information, visit: