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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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Neighborhood Streets Program

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A PBOT program for immediate and sustained progress to add sidewalks, stormwater management, and/or paving to unimproved neighborhood streets throughout the city. 

In Portland, a little less than 4% of the 1,181 miles of residential side streets are unimproved – dirt and gravel. Another 17% of these streets are under-improved – some pavement and/or sidewalks, but no street curb or storm drainage. Unimproved streets make it difficult for neighbors to safely and easily walk through their communities to get to work, school, parks, and shopping destinations.

In Spring 2016 the City adopted the Local Transportation Infrastructure Charge (LTIC), a charge on new infill development occurring on these streets in single-dwelling residential zones. Based on community input, the Neighborhood Streets program framework has been developed to include additional program elements to further address deficient neighborhood streets infrastructure.  Proposed elements are:

  1. Ongoing maintenance of gravel streets
  2. Neighborhood collector enhancements
  3. Residential Local Investment District (LID) enhancements


View a citywide map of Unimproved Residential Side Streets


For more information, contact Anne Hill at