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City Planners are looking at $5 million safety improvements on 82nd Avenue

The Oregon Department of Transportation is looking to spend $5 million to improve pedestrian and driver safety at five major intersections on 82nd Avenue in East Portland. All of the 5 chosen intersections are ranked in the top 5% for the most dangerous in Oregon.

The safety improvements will be added on the 7.3-mile stretch of 82nd between Northeast Killingsworth Street and Southeast Johnson Creek Boulevard. City planners are hoping to make it a safer place to walk along and also an alternative for Interstate 205 vehicle traffic.

The newly expanded Portland Community College campus on Division is bringing in thousands of new students to the area, resulting in more pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users.

At the Burnside, Stark, Washington, Mill and Division street intersections with 82nd, each traffic signal will be replaced with new, more visible lights. Pedestrians will have curb cuts to accommodate wheelchairs and more push button devices to allow be added at crosswalks. There will also be improved street signs and a left turn arrow to make it safer to turn on Burnside.

Ultimately the goal of the project is to cut down on accidents in the area and make it a safer area for all types of traffic.