82nd Avenue Transportation Workshop

From the Active Rights of Way (AROW) mailing list:

If you are interested in improving 82nd Avenue, please get this meeting on your calendar; September 24 at 7:00 PM.

One of the often mentioned obstacles to improving 82nd Avenue is that it’s under ODOT jurisdiction. Your attendance at this meeting will help give our public officials the clear message that we want 82nd to be under the City of Portland’s jurisdiction. Getting these public officials talking with each other will start the process moving.

Meeting Announcement: 82nd Avenue Transportation Workshop

Purpose: To learn about the process needed to transfer jurisdiction of 82nd Avenue from ODOT to the City of Portland.

Format: Panel discussion with public officials and state legislators about how to move ahead on this issue. Also, information on ODOT’s currently planned safety projects for 82nd will be available.

Who: Sponsored by the Montavilla Neighborhood Association and the 82nd Avenue Business Association. Panel will include Tom Miller, Portland’s Director of Transportation, State Senator Jackie Dingfelder, and Shelli Romero of ODOT.

When: September 24 at 7:00 PM

Where: Montavilla Methodist Church – 232 SE 80th.

Given that one of the currently planned ODOT “safety projects” for 82nd Avenue, the 82nd Avenue/Causey project, involves removal of the bus lane on 82nd near Clackamas Town Center, putting the street under control of local authorities strikes me as a wise idea. (This particular stretch of 82nd is outside the Portland city limits, and is located in Clackamas County; but ODOT has traditionally cared more about moving cars on its facilities than it has about moving people and facilitating local access). As there is a perfectly good freeway just to the east, there’s no reason to maintain 82nd avenue as an ODOT facility. (Likewise for Barbur Boulevard, Hall/Boones Ferry, and a few other streets I can think of…)

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