82nd Avenue jurisdictional transfer

‘Wonk Walk’ on 82nd Avenue highlights challenges ahead of transfer

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 14th, 2021 at 9:39 am

Metro Councilor Christine Lewis (center with stroller), PBOT staff and advocates on 82nd Avenue Monday night.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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U.S. House-approved ‘INVEST in America Act’ includes $18 million for Portland road projects

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 12th, 2021 at 2:09 pm

U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer on 82nd Avenue, Friday July 9th, 2021.
(Photo: City of Portland)

U.S. Congressman and former Portland city commissioner Earl Blumenauer took a walk on Southeast 82nd Avenue on Friday to highlight a $5 million federal investment into the beleaguered road. The visit came a week after Blumenauer and his colleagues in the House of Representatives voted 221 to 201 to pass the INVEST in America Act, a bill that would inject $715 billion into transportation infrastructure nationwide.

The $5 million earmarked for 82nd comes amid unprecedented momentum for the state highway (OR 213) to finally be transferred into local hands after years of advocacy from safe streets activists and elected officials who are fed up with the State of Oregon’s management style. After years of pushing for the transfer, two more deaths on the street back in April pushed the issue to the front-burner. State lawmakers then teamed up with the City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation to hammer out a “historic” agreement that would allow the transfer to take place — but only if all the parties cough up the requisite funds — totalling nearly $200 million — to bring the road up to a state of good repair. [Read more…]

Community leaders herald 82nd Ave funding, promise changes on ‘new main street’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 30th, 2021 at 9:48 am

Electeds, advocates, and agency leaders held a Vision Zero banner on the corner of 82nd and Glisan Tuesday.
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It’s official: Legislature grants $80 million to 82nd Ave and kicks off transfer to City of Portland

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 24th, 2021 at 8:25 am

82nd Avenue south of Lombard.
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Reasons for optimism around major 82nd Avenue funding request

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 22nd, 2021 at 2:01 pm

A lot is at stake for 82nd Avenue.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

With less than one week left in the 2021 Oregon legislative session there’s one big question Portlanders still don’t have an answer: Will lawmakers choose to spend $80 million to kickstart a long-awaited process that will transfer jurisdiction of 82nd Avenue from the State of Oregon to the City of Portland?

According to Representative Khanh Pham’s Chief of Staff Robin Ye, it could actually happen. Rep Pham was an advocate for 82nd Avenue long before being elected to the House in 2020 and has continued her leadership on the issue from Salem.

Asked for an update on the $80 million request first made back in May, Ye told us via email on Thursday that, “Last we heard it was ‘positive’ about 82nd Avenue and funding will be appropriated for the safety improvements.”

Since the request isn’t part of a legislative bill, it’s impossible for the public to closely track its progress. The money would come from nearly $800 million in federal rescue plan dollars given out by the Biden Administration.

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City, state reach ‘historic agreement’ for transfer of 82nd Avenue

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 3rd, 2021 at 3:23 pm

82nd and Alberta, where two people were hit and killed by drivers in April.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation says they’ve reached an “historic agreement” with the Oregon Department of Transportation to transfer 82nd Avenue from state to city hands. The move comes amid increased urgency for action following the deaths of two people at the same intersection last April.

The plan calls for an $80 million commitment from the legislature to fix top safety and maintenance projects needs. ODOT would put in $70 million after that, followed by a $35 million commitment from PBOT. Once the state steps up for their share, PBOT and ODOT would sign an intergovernmental agreement to make the transfer official by January 2022.
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$80 million request for 82nd Avenue ups urgency for action

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 19th, 2021 at 12:24 pm

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East Portland state rep wants ’emergency interventions’ on 82nd Avenue

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 27th, 2021 at 1:26 pm

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Metro study gives cities a roadmap to adopt state-owned ‘orphan highways’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 17th, 2020 at 1:58 pm

People voiced concerns about ODOT’s stewardship of SE Powell Blvd at a protest in 2015.
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The ODOT Files: Regional electeds lambaste the agency for ‘lack of stewardship’ on 82nd Ave

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 27th, 2018 at 2:31 pm

The ODOT Files is an occasional series that shares strange-but-true stories about how our state transportation agency is falling down on the job.

How bad have things gotten at the Oregon Department of Transportation? How about a letter admonishing the agency signed by every major elected office holder in the Portland region?
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