There’s no question that 82nd is on nobody’s “must-see” list in Portland. Of the top 10 “most-dangerous” intersections in the City, 6 of them are along 82nd, and nobody drives down that road and feels a sense of pride.
But hopefully, that’s about to change.
82nd Ave. is also technically Highway 213, which is a state highway, which means that the road is owned by the state, and controlled by ODOT. However, the state has authorized the transfer of ownership to the City of Portland, which will move it under PBOT’s control, and has released over $60M to help improve the road and make it safer. This will include increased pedestrian ramps and dead-space to protect sidewalks, as well as general updating and pothole repair.
The question is… are the residents along the road going to put up with the timeline? This is a multi-year, multi-million dollar project, and will cause havok on one of the main arterials in Portland. Obviously, government-controlled projects are never trusted, but perhaps somebody will dazzle us with this one.
~Jake from 98.7 The Bull