Administrative Rule Adopted by Bureau of Transportation System
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.
APPROVED USES, SPECIFICATIONS AND PROCEDURES FOR GUIDE SIGNS
The following uses should be signed as resources allow:
Willamette River Bridges
Hospitals (with 24-hour emergency services)
Universities and Colleges (minimum annual enrollment of 1,000)
Regional Transportation Facilities
Other uses that may be considered include:
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.
PROCEDURES FOR GUIDE SIGNS
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
STREET NAME SIGNS
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.
G500 ENTERING PORTLAND SIGN
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.