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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Improve Your Gravel Street

  • Traditional residential street design Click here to view more street design options

  • View of a shared residential street design All street users have the benefit of sharing paved roadways

Adjacent property owners are responsible for building new or improving existing residential streets; most typically through a Local Improvement District (LID). 

Streets that meet the following minimum criteria may qualify for alternative street design options:

  • Zoned for single family residential development (R5-R7)

  • Classified as a “Local Street” for all modes in the Transportation System Plan (TSP)

  • Not in a “Pedestrian District” (classification in the TSP)

  • Currently not paved

To learn if your street qualifies for one of these options, contact Barbara Plummer at or 503-823-4584. If you are interested in pursuing an LID or have questions about the LID process, contact Andrew Aebi at or 503-823-5648.

Maintaining your gravel street

In most case, the City does not maintain unimproved or gravel streets and adjacent proprty owners are responsible for maintenance. Here are some options for maintaining or improving your street.