82nd Avenue Critical Fixes: Signing and Striping

Engineering And Design
As part of this project, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will make critical safety improvements to 82nd Avenue, including new street signs and high-visibility crosswalks at signalized intersections.
Street signs that say Thompson St and NE 82nd Avenue over a Stop sign
Winter 2022 - Spring 2023
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What's happening now?

PBOT project staff have finalized designs and contractors are preparing for construction. 

Project overview

As part of this project, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will make critical safety improvements to 82nd Avenue, including updating street signs and striping on 82nd Avenue between NE Lombard Street and SE Foster Road.

PBOT will:

  • Update street signage
  • Install high-visibility (continental) crosswalks at signalized intersections
  • Provide spot fixes to existing median islands to improve visibility

What are high-visibility crosswalks and how are they different?

High-visibility crosswalks (sometimes called “continental-style” crosswalks) have thick lines parallel to traffic flow that allow drivers to see the crosswalk from further away. This gives drivers more time to stop safely for pedestrians crossing, or waiting to cross.

Adding high-visibility crosswalks at intersections with traffic signals may help make pedestrians more visible to people driving. 

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Project timeline

  • Winter 2022/23: Sign updates
  • Spring 2023: Striping updates

Project funding

$750,000 from American Rescue Plan Act

Public involvement 

PBOT faces a tight timeline to deliver critical fixes on 82nd Avenue.

To meet the construction deadline, PBOT will rely on insights from the extensive community engagement the bureau and other agencies conducted over the past 10 years, including: 

 Learn more about opportunities for public engagement

About Building a Better 82nd

A critical north-south connection and one of Portland’s high-crash corridors, 82nd Avenue is in urgent need of significant investments to improve safety and address maintenance issues. As of June 2022, ownership of 82nd Avenue transferred from the state to the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Critical Fixes Now

PBOT is investing $80 million in 82nd Avenue to deliver critical fixes now. The needed basic safety and maintenance repairs to the corridor include paving, crossings, lighting, safety improvements at intersections, and sidewalk improvements.

Future Investments Next

After making the most critical repairs, PBOT will invest $105 million in future investments for a better 82nd Avenue. Over the next two years, PBOT will conduct broad and inclusive community engagement and work directly with community-based organizations and agency partners to determine what the bureau should focus on for improving 82nd Avenue long-term.