City Will Re-Open Galveston/Riverside Intersection Sept. 17 | Bent

Your support for independent local news is important.

The Source Weekly has been Central Oregon’s locally owned news outlet for over 23 years. We have always been the definition of "support local." Our success in navigating this new world is tied to the success we experience in pulling together for the common good.

Quality local journalism takes a group of dedicated reporters passionate about democracy and open government. This story is the result of our hard work, and in normal times, the result of the support of the advertisers in Central Oregon. In the age of COVID-19, however, that support has taken a hit—but that’s where you come in.

Before you read on, we ask you to consider becoming a member of our Source Insider membership program at

Support Us Here

Saturday, September 7, 2013

City Will Re-Open Galveston/Riverside Intersection Sept. 17

Posted By on Sat, Sep 7, 2013 at 10:56 AM

After the re-opening of the Galveston/Riverside intersection on Sept. 17, traffic will flow more freely to Galveston Avenue businesses.
  • After the re-opening of the Galveston/Riverside intersection on Sept. 17, traffic will flow more freely to Galveston Avenue businesses.

The people spoke, and the City listened.

After hearing complaints from business owners at the Sept. 4 City Council meeting, the City announced Friday it will re-open the intersection of Galveston Avenue and Riverside Boulevard on Sept. 17.

10 Barrels Brewery partner Garret Wales told the Council the poorly publicized closure of the Galveston Bridge was having a dramatic effect on business.

"If the numbers from today and yesterday continue, we’ll have to lay off employees. Today...we sent home half of the staff. Twelve people didn’t make any money today," Wales said at the meeting. "Galveston is a ghost town right now; the streets are bare."

(Some commenters on our earlier post disagreed.)

Here's the release, sent out Friday:

In listening to the business community along Galveston Avenue, the City has decided to make a change to the schedule of the project. Through these changes, the intersection of Galveston Ave. and Riverside Blvd. will re-open on September 17. The Tumalo Avenue portion of the project will remain closed as will Riverside Blvd south of the Galveston Ave. intersection.

This change will allow for East-West traffic access from downtown Bend to Galveston Ave.

City Manager, Eric King asked for this change after a careful review of the reported impacts to the businesses along Galveston Ave. The review included City staff, elected officials and affected businesses.

In reaching this decision Eric King has said, “City Council and Staff recognized that our outreach efforts to the businesses primarily impacted by the project fell short of what was necessary for them to adequately plan.”

The intersection was initially scheduled to remain closed through Oct. 31. Do you agree with the City's decision?

Tags: , , , , ,

About The Author

Erin Rook

Erin is the Source Weekly's Associate Editor. Before moving to Bend in 2013, Erin worked as a writer and editor for publications in Portland including PQ Monthly and Just Out. He has also written for the Willamette Week, El Hispanic News, Travel Portland, OUT City, Boston magazine and the Taunton Daily Gazette...
Pin It

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

Newsletter Signup

Get Central Oregon daily news
directly in your inbox

More by Erin Rook

Latest in Bent

© 2020 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation