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  Taking control of Oregon's 'orphan highways'   These jurisdictional transfers are really designed to find out what jurisdiction can best take care of the road  

Story by Chris McGinness - Story Source
Published on Thursday April 15, 2021 - 5:08 AM

PORTLAND, Oregon - One of the most dangerous streets in the city of Portland is 82nd Avenue, a state-owned road. From 2007 to 2018, 16 people died on that road, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).

Just last weekend, a pedestrian was killed crossing Northeast 82nd Avenue near Wygant Street.

There's a bill going through the Oregon Legislature right now, House Bill 2744, that would help transition that road, and many like it, into local control. Supporters say it's a safety and livability issue.

Neighbours don't feel safe crossing the road.

The community around 82nd Avenue has grown enormously in population and diversity since it was once deemed "Portland city limits." The need for maintenance and safety improvements is glaring: Six of Portland's 30 most dangerous intersections are located along 82nd Avenue.