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17.42.010 Policy.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 177124 and 189290, effective January 11, 2019.)

A.  It has been and remains the policy of the City of Portland that streets are constructed at the expense of abutting property owners and are maintained by abutting property owners until street improvements are constructed to the applicable standards of, and accepted for maintenance by, the City.  Until a street improvement has been constructed to City standards and the City has expressly assumed responsibility for street maintenance, it is the exclusive duty of the abutting property owners to construct, reconstruct, repair and maintain the unimproved street in a condition reasonably safe for the uses that are made of the street and adjoining properties.  Streets that have not been improved to City standards are not and will not be maintained or improved at City expense, except at the discretion of the City and as provided in this Code and the City Charter.

The City may, at its discretion, conduct maintenance and repair activities on gravel streets. Such an action will not constitute an express or implicit decision by the City to accept maintenance responsibility for such a street.

B.  Disputes regarding the condition of the unimproved street are private actions among affected property owners.