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Construction Update - May 18, 2023
Contractors with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will continue to make sign updates this month.
Striping updates are anticipated this summer.
Construction Update - May 1, 2023
Contractors with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) begin sign upgrades this week as part of the 82nd Avenue Critical Fixes: Signing and Striping Project. Contractors started work at the north end of the corridor, near NE Lombard Street, and are working their way south, finishing at SE Clatsop Street.
This work will involve brief rolling lane closures. Pedestrian access will be maintained. The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. As always, please keep crews safe by following all traffic control signs and flaggers while travelling through or near work zones.
Work is expected to continue through May.
As part of this project, 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.
- 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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- Spring 23: Sign updates
- Summer 2023: Striping updates
$750,000 from American Rescue Plan Act
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:
- Bureau of Planning & Sustainability 82nd Avenue Corridor Study (1980)
- PBOT 82nd Avenue Roses High Crash Corridor Safety Plan (2008)
- Jade District Visioning Plan (2014)
- Portland City Council Town Hall Visioning Forum on 82nd Ave
- ODOT Avenue of Roses Implementation Plan (2018)
- Bureau of Planning & Sustainability 82nd Avenue Study: Understanding Barriers to Development (2018)
- PBOT 82nd Avenue Plan (2019)
- Connected Centers Plan (2019)
- Metro’s Get Moving Regional Funding Measure (2020)
- Grassroots efforts of groups including the 82nd Avenue Improvement Coalition
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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.