Bill aims to bring Oregon's 'orphan highways' under Portland control

Streets like 82nd Avenue, also known as OR 213, are state-owned, but have been neglected for decades. House Bill 2744 would bring them under local control.

PORTLAND, Ore. — 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.

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