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16.10.200 Duties of the City Traffic Engineer.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 170923, 172976, 173369, 173627, 175205 and 182389, effective January 2, 2009.)  The City Traffic Engineer will be designated by the Commissioner-In- Charge of the Bureau of Transportation.  The City Traffic Engineer or his/her designee may exercise the following duties and responsibilities:

A.  Implement ordinances, resolutions and directions of the City Council and orders of the Commissioner-In-Charge of the Bureau of Transportation by installing, removing, and altering traffic control devices.

B.  Establish, remove, or alter traffic controls, including but not limited to:

1.  crosswalks, traffic lanes, one-way streets, stop intersections or places, and no passing zones;

2.  intersection channelization and areas where vehicle drivers may not make right, left, or U-turns, and the time when the prohibition applies;

3.  parking areas and time limitations, including the form of permissible parking (e.g., parallel or diagonal);

4.  regulated parking zones;

5.  traffic control signals and any device that regulates a traffic control signal;

6.  bicycle lanes and traffic controls for such facilities; and

7.  other regulatory, warning, and guide signs.

C.  Issue vehicle parking permits that authorize specified parking privilege.

D.  Temporarily reserve portions of the street area according to regulations found in Section 16.20.500.

E.  Issue vehicle permits for the movement of over dimensional vehicles on or over City streets.

F.  Designate certain streets where certain classes of over dimensional vehicles may move on or over without a permit.

G.  Designate streets where certain classes of vehicles may not move on or over except for local access.

H.  Temporarily reduce speed limits when allowed by the provisions of ORS 810.180.

I.  Designate certain streets as bridle paths and prohibit horses and animals on other streets.

J.  Determine the location, design, and construction of streetlights.

K.  Designate transit lanes and street locations where certain transit vehicles may proceed in a manner prohibited to other traffic.

L.  Require the removal or pruning of any street tree, vegetation or other obstruction in the public right-of-way that obscures the visibility of or for drivers, bicyclists, or pedestrians, or in any way presents a safety hazard.

M.  Regulate the installation and presence of banner signs on lighting poles owned by the City.

N.  Install temporary traffic control devices when traffic conditions constitute a danger to the public.

O.  Whenever specifically provided in the Title, the City Traffic Engineer may assess civil penalties for violations of the provisions of Title 16.  The City Traffic Engineer shall adopt rules, procedures, and forms to be used in assessing such civil penalties.  In determining the amount of any civil penalty to be assessed, the City Traffic Engineer shall consider the following criteria:

1.  The extent and nature of the violation;

2.  The benefits, financial or otherwise, accruing or likely to accrue as a result of the violations;

3.  Whether the violations were repeated and continuous, or isolated and temporary;

4.  The magnitude and seriousness of the violation;

5.  The City’s cost of investigating the violation and correcting or attempting to correct the violation; and

6.  Any other relevant factors.

P.  The City Traffic Engineer’s assessment of civil penalties may be appealed to the Code Hearings Officer according to the provisions of Title 22 of the Portland City Code.

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