City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

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Title 17H
Chapter 17H.010
Section 17H.010.080

Title 17H Engineering Standards

Chapter 17H.010 Street Development Standards

Section 17H.010.080 Dead-end and Cul-de-sac Streets

  1. New, permanent dead-end or cul-de-sac streets require the approval of the director of engineering services. Dead-end and cul-de-sac streets are only allowed when street connectivity is unachievable, such as property that is isolated by topography or the configuration of existing lots and streets.
  2. Turn-arounds designed to meet the city’s standards are required at all street dead-ends to allow emergency and service vehicles to turn around.
  3. Dead-end or cul-de-sac streets shall be not less than one hundred forty feet nor more than six hundred feet long along the centerline as measured from the curb line of the cross street at the street entrance to the point of curvature into the cul-de-sac bulb. Proposed exceptions to this rule will be considered by the director of engineering services based on pertinent traffic planning factors.
  4. A hard surfaced public pathway shall be provided at the end of every dead-end or cul-de-sac street connecting the sidewalk to an existing or future street or public pathway.

Date Passed: Monday, May 15, 2006

Effective Date: Thursday, June 29, 2006

ORD C33838 Section 1