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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

There are about 50 miles of unpaved dirt and gravel streets in Portland and most of these are on residential streets. Unimproved streets provide poor accessibility, particularly for pedestrians, and can reduce neighborhood livability.

Adjacent property owners are responsible for building new or improving existing residential streets, most typically through a Local Improvement District (LID). If you live on an unimproved gravel street in Portland, your street may qualify for one of the newer street design standards that were developed with the intent to lower the cost of street improvements for abutting property owners.

Streets that meet the following minimum criteria may qualify for the new 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)

To find out if your street may qualify for one of these options, contact Barbara Plummer at barbara.plummer@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-4584.


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.