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TRN-2.05 - Guide Signs

Administrative Rules Adopted by Bureaus Pursuant to Rule Making Authority (ARB)
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Administrative Rule Adopted by Bureau of Transportation System Management

In order to prevent proliferation of guide signs and to contain the cost of installing and maintaining them, the use of guide signs shall be kept to a minimum. The following policies are intended to serve as a framework in considering which facilities should be signed. Under no circumstances may guide signing to a private facility be installed within the public right-of-way. Guide signs installed at public expense are for directional purposes only and not for advertisement.

The following uses should be signed as resources allow:
  • Freeway On-Ramps
  • Regional Attractions
  • County Libraries
  • Willamette River Bridges
  • Hospitals (with 24-hour emergency services)
  • Airports
  • Universities and Colleges (minimum annual enrollment of 1,000)
  • Regional Transportation Facilities
Other uses that may be considered include:
  • City Parks and Community Centers
  • Scenic Drives
  • Points of Interest
  • High Schools
  • Designated political boundaries such as Neighborhood or Business Associations.
These secondary uses should be signed only if they are of regional significance and/or are difficult to find.
Any facility signed on the State highway system shall be signed as necessary to complete the route.

Guide signs will be designed and installed by the City according to City specifications. Design of guide signs for political boundaries is limited to the text name (for example: "Welcome to Montavilla") and a logo or graphic that is associated with the area. No other text message will be included. The signs are to have white lettering on a green background. The logo or graphic may incorporate other colors.
An applicant may make a request to Traffic Investigations for the design and installation of signs. For destinations that are not public places or facilities, the applicant must agree to reimburse the City for actual costs of design and installation. The applicant has the option of either hiring a private vendor to fabricate the signs according to City specifications or of having the City (BOM) fabricate the signs (at the applicant's expense). In all cases, the guide signs will be installed by City crews.
TRI staff will create a Service Request. A District Engineer will review the proposed locations. After the locations are approved or agreed upon, the District Engineer will request a design for the sign. The Engineer should create a project number to track all costs. The SR should capture appropriate billing information from the applicant to be included in the project number request.
The applicant must provide the logo or graphic to be included in the sign. After PDOT staff have completed the design, the Engineer should have the applicant review the design and agree to proceed with fabrication and placement. The City Traffic Engineer must review and approve the final sign design before work orders are issued to fabricate and install the signs.

The first consideration is whether or not the facility is signed on a State route. If so, signing to complete the route begun on the State highway should be installed.
If signing on State routes is not present, City-installed guide signing is normally installed at the nearest major streets perpendicular to the destination's street. Signing should not be installed on the street on which the facility is located. It is the responsibility of the facility's management to properly identify the facility on-site. Signing shall be kept to an absolute minimum.

Street name signs and (street name) Next Signal signs are the responsibility of the Bureau of Maintenance. Overhead street name signs are included in the construction of new traffic signals.

POLICY: Entering Portland signs should be installed at the City limits on all non-local service streets. Leaving Portland signs are no longer used; existing signs should be removed.
LOCATION: At the City boundary on the right-hand side.

Filed for inclusion in PPD June 1, 2004.

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