82nd Avenue Corridor Atlas

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The Corridor Atlas outlines the history and current conditions of 82nd Avenue. The Atlas overviews past planning efforts and policy background. It also includes information about demographics, destinations, and infrastructure along 82nd Avenue.
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Jurisdictional Transfer

On June 1, 2022, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) transferred ownership of 82nd Avenue within the City of Portland to the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). This jurisdictional transfer is the culmination of years of work by community leaders and elected officials and commits $185 million to improvements along 82nd Avenue. PBOT will invest some of this funding near-term in “critical fixes” for the street and create a plan to spend the rest on future investments.

Corridor History

SE 82nd Avenue Street North of Stark Street in 1933. The street was a narrow, two lane road with open space and houses on both sides.
82nd Avenue north of Stark Street in 1933

From its beginning as a rural State highway, 82nd Avenue has become a critical corridor that supports tens of thousands of people who live, work, gather, and move in and around the region.

As 82nd Avenue has developed from a dirt road and adjacent neighborhoods have grown into diverse cultural and ethnic hubs, its function has changed from an auto and freight thoroughfare into a major corridor linking commercial and cultural centers. These gathering places demand a more people-friendly right of way. 

Timeline of 82nd Avenue's History

Early 1900s

82nd Avenue is a dirt farm-to-market road well beyond city limits.

1930s

Annexation of streetcar suburbs east of the Willamette River makes 82nd Avenue the eastern edge of Portland.

1932

82nd Avenue is designated as a state highway, bringing in federal investment.

1934

Most of 82nd Avenue is paved and widened to facilitate regional and statewide movement.

1940s - 1950s

Post-war suburban development picks up in the unincorporated fields and forests east of 82nd Avenue.

1960s - 1970s

As the city continues to grow, continued auto-oriented development shapes the character of 82nd Avenue.

1982

Construction of Interstate 205 is completed, creating a new bypass route that supports regional and interstate movement.

1980s - 1990s

Annexation expands city limits several miles east of 82nd Avenue. The street steadily evolves into a central commercial spine for East Portland.

2000s - 2021

Various community advocacy and planning efforts push to reimagine 82nd Avenue as a multimodal city street. Calls for jurisdictional transfer begin and gain traction.

2022

PBOT takes ownership of 82nd Avenue, and $182 million is committed to improvements along the corridor.

Planning and Policy Background

There has already been a significant amount of planning work conducted for 82nd Avenue that has helped The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) understand community priorities for the corridor. There are also several existing policies that will guide the Building a Better 82nd Avenue project. To date, community priorities and existing policies support interventions along 82nd Avenue that:

  • Address critical safety and maintenance needs to improve safety and access in the short term
  • Establish community stabilization resources to promote equitable development and minimize displacement
  • Support placemaking and public art while uplifting the corridor’s diverse cultures
  • Increase and prioritize walking, biking, and transit trips toward the City’s ambitious mode shift and climate goals
  • Improve safety toward the City’s Vision Zero program goal of eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries on our streets
  • Transform the street into a “Civic Corridor” as envisioned in the Portland 2035 Comprehensive Plan, a street with high-quality transit service, multimodal facilities, mid-rise development, and landscaping
  • Support growth and development along 82nd Avenue to create places that better serve the people who live, work, attend school, and meet their daily needs along the corridor

For more information about community priorities and past planning efforts, visit Past Planning Efforts and read the full Corridor Atlas.

Street Classifications

The graphic shows the Transportation System Plan classifications for 82nd Avenue, ranging from local, city, and major classifications.
Street classifications on 82nd Avenue by transportation mode

Portland’s Transportation System Plan (TSP) guides the City’s transportation policies and investments. The TSP’s street classifications outline how streets and areas are intended to serve various transportation modes. In general, a “major” classification for each mode indicates that a high level of this movement type is present or expected. The majority of the 82nd Avenue corridor is designated as a major route for pedestrians, transit, freight, and emergency response vehicles, with some small portions also major routes for bicycles.

The TSP classifications also inform the type of design needed on the street to accommodate certain types of movement. 82nd Avenue is generally designated as a “Civic Corridor” and “Civic Main Street,” meaning that the street is also a major transit corridor and should emphasize multimodal access to activity centers, with an emphasis on pedestrian access.

For more information about street classifications, consult the Portland 2035 Transportation System Plan.

People and Place

The people

The 82nd Avenue corridor is home to one of the most diverse populations in the region and serves some of the most ethnically and racially diverse neighborhoods in Oregon.

Population Characteristics of the 82nd Avenue Corridor
Population Characteristic*Within 1/4 mile of 82nd AvenueWithin 1/2 mile of 82/d AvenueWithin the City of Portland
Number of residents

26,500

54,000647,400
Percent Black, Indigenous, and People of Color residents**45%42%34%
Percent of residents living in poverty13%13%13%
Percent of residents living with a disability13%13%12%
Number of households

10,500

22,000275,900
Number of jobs

10,000

13,000379.100

*Numbers and percentages are approximate.

**Percent BIPOC residents includes Hispanic/Latinx/é population share.

Residents in the 82nd Avenue corridor:

  • Often live on incomes lower than the citywide median
  • Are more racially and ethnically diverse than the city overall, with larger population shares of Latinx/é and Asian residents
  • Speak various languages, with thousands speaking Vietnamese, Spanish, and Chinese
  • Are often housing cost burdened, with 39 percent of residents spending 30 percent or more of their income on housing
  • Face barriers to education, with residents less likely to have finished high school or completed a bachelor's or advanced degree than Portland in general
  • Live in many areas susceptible to gentrification and displacement

The place

Image of 82nd Avenue running through the Jade District Neighborhood Center
82nd Avenue in the Jade District Neighborhood Center

At more than six miles long within city limits, 82nd Avenue is a critical corridor serving Portland's east side. The road connects many neighborhoods and districts, each with their own unique mix of land uses, building type, and character. 

82nd Avenue connects key areas identified for housing and job growth known as "Centers" in Portland's 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Centers include the Roseway Neighborhood Center, Montavilla Neighborhood Center, Jade District Neighborhood Center, and Lents Town Center. These Centers are designated "Pedestrian Districts" where high levels of pedestrian use exist now or are expected in the future.

For more information, refer to the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

The 82nd Avenue corridor:

  • Contains many houses of worship which offer cultural and language specific services to their congregants
  • Contain many parks and schools, with 82nd Avenue cutting through many neighborhoods and school districts requiring many community members to cross 82nd Avenue to access open spaces or to get to school
  • Experiences significant heat island effects for much of its length due to large areas of pavement and lack of high-quality, dense tree canopy

Transportation System

The graphic shows a typical cross section of 82nd Avenue.
Typical cross section on 82nd Avenue

82nd Avenue serves many important transportation roles, from hosting a high ridership bus line, to moving goods and cars, to being a place where people walk, roll, and bike. According to the Portland 2035 Transportation System Plan, 82nd Avenue should have a high emphasis on pedestrian, transit, emergency response, freight, and traffic mobility, as well as a medium emphasis on bicycle mobility. However, infrastructure that supports all these modes and reduces conflicts between them is lacking along much of the corridor. 

  • Pedestrian network: The pedestrian network is piecemeal, with varying connectivity. Most existing sidewalks are narrow and do not meet current City or American with Disabilities Act standards, and most of 82nd Avenue does not meet the City's guidelines for marked crosswalk spacing.
  • Bike network: No bike lanes currently exist on 82nd Avenue, and there are significant challenges to repurposing space for them. However, parallel and connecting existing and planned Neighborhood Greenways are acceptable alternatives per current City policies.
  • Transit network: Line 72, which runs along 82nd Avenue, is the highest ridership bus line in the region. The area with the highest transit delay is in the Jade District, roughly between SE Division Street and SE Holgate Boulevard.
  • Traffic speeds and volume: 82nd Avenue carries thousands of personal vehicles and is an important route for freight. Daily traffic volumes range between 17,000 and 26,500, and vehicle speeds are consistently higher than the posted speed limit throughout the corridor.

Safety

The graphic shows a pie chart of crashes along 82nd Avenue between 2015 and 2019 by mode.

82nd Avenue has a significant history of serious crashes. It is identified as part of the Vision Zero High Crash Network, a network of the 30 streets with the highest number of crashes in Portland. Six of the city's top-30 high crash intersections are also on 82nd Avenue.

From 2015 to 2019, there were a total of 142 Vision Zero crashes on 82nd Avenue making up one out of every 14 crashes. A Vision Zero crash includes any crashes that involve people in motor vehicles who are killed or seriously injured, as well as all crashes involving pedestrians and people bicycling.

 74 pedestrians and 30 people bicycling were hit on 82nd Avenue between 2015 and 2019, nearly one person every two weeks. Pedestrians and people biking account for seven of the nine people killed on 82nd Avenue in crashes during this period and about 30 percent of serious injuries.

Crash contributing factors

Between 2015 and 2019, factors contributing to crashes along 82nd Avenue included:

  • Driveways: 175, or nearly 10 percent, of all crashes involved movements in and out of driveways. 
  • Left turns: There were 228 crashes involving left turns occurring away from signalized intersections. 
  • Dark conditions: 550, or more than one in four, crashes occurred in night-time conditions. 37 of these crashes involved pedestrians, accounting for more than half of all pedestrian crashes. A majority of all fatal crashes between 2015 and 2019 occurred in the dark.

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