Many Portland residents live on streets that don't meet City standards for transportation infrastructure. They may be unpaved, lack sidewalks, and have no stormwater drainage facilities. Although substandard streets may have little traffic, they often cause difficulties for neighborhood residents.
Paved streets and sidewalks improve access for pedestrians, bicycles, cars and emergency vehicles. A stormwater management system is constructed at the same time as the street, in order to provide proper drainage. Wear and tear on cars is reduced, and transportation infrastructure contributes to increased neighborhood livability, appearance and property values. Furthermore, once a street is fully improved to City standards, the City of Portland will maintain the street along with other streets around the City for which maintenance responsibility has been accepted. Property owners' liability for substandard streets is also eliminated.