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Building a Better 82nd: May 31, 2024

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Pedestrians cross a four-lane street with landscaped, tree-lined median islands in the center lane. Drivers wait at a red light while pedestrians cross.
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Critical Fixes: Near-term safety and maintenance improvements

Construction continues at six locations, with signal poles and median islandscoming this summer to improve safety

Work is underway to construct new pedestrian crossings on 82nd Avenue, at the intersections of 82nd Avenue at NE Beech, Klickitat, and Schuyler streets; and SE Clinton, Ash, and Schiller streets. In the coming weeks, contractors with PBOT are continuing curb ramp construction and excavation for electrical conduit and signal foundations.  

As soon as July, contractors will begin installing signal poles and constructing median islands. Later this fall after temperatures drop, trees will be planted in these median islands. We anticipate construction will be complete in spring 2025.  

In a 10-year period (2012-2021), more than 90% of traffic deaths on 82nd Avenue were people walking or biking, or people in cars turning left at locations without signals.  Safe crossings and median islands are two of the most effective measures to reduce or eliminate those types of crashes.  

Pedestrians cross a four-lane street with landscaped, tree-lined median islands in the center lane. Drivers wait at a red light while pedestrians cross.
As part of the 82nd Avenue Crossings Project, PBOT will install six signalized pedestrian crossings with median islands along 82nd Avenue, similar to this example rendering. As part of the project, PBOT will upgrade crossings to new pedestrian half-signals, full signals, or pedestrian beacons. In addition to the signal improvements, PBOT will install accessible curb ramps, high-visibility crosswalks, concrete median islands. Within the intersections, medians will feature a red stamped brick pattern. Trees are set back from the intersection to maintain visibility and allow for emergency vehicle movements.

Overview of updated traffic operations  

  • NE/SE 82nd Avenue at the intersections of NE Beech, Klickitat and Schuyler streets; and at SE Clinton and Ash streets:  
    • People driving will no longer be able to turn left or drive across 82nd Avenue at these intersections.  
    • People driving north and south on 82nd Avenue will be able to turn right onto side streets, turn right into and out of driveways, or continue straight on 82nd. 
    • People driving east and west on side streets will be able to turn right onto 82nd Avenue.  
  • SE 82nd Avenue at the intersection of Schiller Street:  
    • People driving south will no longer be able to turn left into one driveway south the intersection.  
    • All other turning movements permitted today will continue to be permitted.  

Overview of parkingadjustments  

Some of the crossing locations include parking removal near the intersections. To review details for a specific intersection, click on one the following links: NE Beech, Klickitat, and Schuyler streets; and SE Clinton, Ash, and Schiller street. 


Major Maintenance Project advances to draft final design

The project team reviewed comments from the 60 percent public comment period and has incorporated feedback where feasible. The project is now at draft final design. At this stage of the design process, the project team refines final designs and the right-of-way process begins. 

In a few key areas, the project team will take a little more time to design improvements. We’ll conduct additional public engagement to make sure designs are aligned with future transit investments and meet the needs of the community.   

Construction is expected to start this summer and continue through 2026. 


Grants and Programs available 

Local Small Business Repair Grants 

This program offers grant support to local small businesses. The Local Small Business Repair Grants are emergency funds that use funding allocated by City Council to provide support of up to $10,000 to local small businesses needing immediate repairs.

Portland Housing Bureau's Eviction Legal Defense Program

Renters! If you have received a termination notice, housing subsidy termination notice, or eviction court papers, you may be eligible for free legal support though the Portland Housing Bureau’s Eviction Legal Defense Program. To see if you are eligible and to apply, please contact Oregon Law Center at 888.585.9638 or evictiondefense@oregonlawcenter.org. In your message, please include your name, date of birth, and whether you have received a termination notice, housing subsidy termination, or an eviction court case.

Learn more and apply today

Mini-Grants for non-profit organizations available 

With Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) mini grants, organizations can apply for up to $5,000 for activities that align with goals of addressing climate change and advancing racial and social justice. 

Learn more and apply today


Upcoming Meetings and Events

Thursday, June 6 | 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. | 82nd Avenue Transit Project team presentation to the Portland Freight Advisory Committee (PFC) Meeting | Online via Zoom, click here to register and attend with Zoom

Tuesday, June 11 | 6 – 8:30 p.m. | 82nd Avenue Transit Project team presentation to the Joint Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting | Hybrid Meeting: In-person at the Portland Building (1120 SW Fifth Ave, Portland, OR 97204) and online, click here to register and attend with Zoom

Thursday, June 13 | 6:30 – 8 p.m. | Building a Better 82nd team presentation to Lents Neighborhood Livability Association | In person at New Hope Church (10603 SE Henderson Street, Portland, OR 97266) 

See all upcoming meetings and events