Neighborhood Streets Program


Neighborhood Streets Program Coordinator - Melissa Norman

Phone: 503-846-7950

Online Neighborhood Safety Campaign Request Form 

Goals and Objectives of the Neighborhood Streets Program

Traffic conditions on residential streets can affect neighborhood livability. When streets are safe and pleasant, the quality of life is enhanced. When traffic problems become a daily occurrence, livability can be diminished. Washington County's Neighborhood Streets Program (NSP) is about maintaining livability in urban unincorporated neighborhoods. It's a way for neighbors to address traffic-related quality of life issues such as speeding, cut-through traffic, and parking infiltration.

Citizen involvement is an important part of all traffic calming projects. The people who live and work in the project area have the opportunity to become actively involved in the process. It takes a commitment of time and energy, and the ability to consider diverse points of view. But, hopefully, the results are worth the effort.

The goals of the Neighborhood Streets Program are to preserve and improve neighborhood livability by:

  • Discouraging undesirable driver behavior,
  • Encouraging safe pedestrian and bicycle use,
  • Improving the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers,
  • Involving area residents in solving traffic problems, and
  • Making efficient use of your tax dollars by prioritizing requests for improvements.

The objectives of the Neighborhood Streets Program are to:

  • Positively influence driver behavior through education and design.
  • Encourage citizen involvement in all phases of the Neighborhood Streets Program activities.
  • Achieve lower vehicle speeds in neighborhoods with identified speed problems.
  • Improve real and perceived safety for motorized and non-motorized users.
  • Promote mobility by accommodating the needs of pedestrian, bicycle and transit use.
  • Reduce cut-through traffic in neighborhoods.
  • Increase access for all modes and preserve reasonable emergency vehicle access.
  • Enhance the street environment.
  • Incorporate the preferences and needs of those using the Street.

How the Program Works

The program is a two-phase, two-year process. The process begins with residents collectively identifying the traffic concerns in their neighborhood and discussing possible solutions from the measures listed under Possible First Year Solutions, which focuses on passive less restrictive measures like educational programs, enforcement, pavement legends, and signing.

A Neighborhood Safety Campaign Request form will then need to be completed. You can fill out and submit this request online or you can download the form.

Once we receive the Neighborhood Safety Campaign Request form, your concerns will be reviewed and we will begin collecting data for approximately 8 weeks. From this information, we compile a Phase 1 Proposed Improvement Plan for the location. We will conduct a neighborhood meeting and present this information to you as well as our recommendations. Traffic Engineering will then execute the plan and evaluate improvements for one year.

Should the Phase 1 actions prove ineffective at addressing the initial concern, more restrictive Phase 2 methods, including physical devices, are considered if minimum qualifications are met.