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Chapter 17.92 Street Designation


17.92.010 Administration.

(Added by Ordinance No. 161984; amended by Ordinance No. 176555, effective July 1, 2002.) For public streets and private street tracts, the City Engineer shall designate street prefixes, names, and numbers, keep records of such designations and exercise such other powers as are necessary to carry out the provisions of this Chapter.


17.92.020 Prefixes for Street Designations in the City.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 161984, effective July 1, 1989.) All streets in that section of the City north of the Willamette River and west of the center line of Williams Avenue shall be designated as North and the prefix "N" shall be added to the street name. All streets in that section of the City north of the center line of East Burnside Street and east of the center line of Williams Avenue shall be designated as Northeast, and the prefix "NE" shall be added to the street name, except Williams Avenue, which shall have the prefix "N" added to the street name and except Burnside Street which shall have the prefix "E" added to the street name. All streets in that section of the City south of the center line of East Burnside Street and east of the Willamette River shall be designated as Southeast and the prefix "SE" shall be added to the street name, except Burnside Street which shall have the prefix "E" added to the street name. All streets in that section north of the center line of Burnside Street and west of the Willamette River shall be designated as Northwest, and the prefix "NW" shall be added to the street name, except Burnside Street which shall have the prefix "W" added to the street name. All streets in that section of the City south of the center line of Burnside Street and west of the Willamette River shall be designated as Southwest and the prefix "SW" shall be added to the street name, except Burnside Street which shall have the prefix "W" added to the street name.


17.92.030 Designation of Streets, Avenues, Boulevards and Drives.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 161984 and 177028, effective December 14, 2002.)

A. All streets within the corporate limits of the City running in an easterly and westerly direction shall hereafter be designated as "streets," and all streets running in a northerly and southerly direction shall be designated as "avenues." Streets lying between two consecutively numbered streets shall be designated as "place" and shall take the lesser number of said two numbered streets. The terms "drive," "court," "lane," "terrace" or "way" may be used to designate winding or circuitous streets. Scenic, arterial or greenscape streets may be designated as "boulevards" or "drives" in lieu of the term "streets" or "avenues."

B. All streets shall be designated by one name for the entire length.