City of Augusta, ME
Kennebec County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Augusta as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 241.
Land use — See Ch. 300.
[Adopted as Ch. 6, Art. III, Div. 7, of the 1990 Code]

§ 245-1 General standards.

Street improvements standards for specified types of developments in the City are based upon the following:
Minimum requirements for streets contained in Chapter 8 of the Phase II Planning Study, Comprehensive Plan.
The requirements of the City Street Ordinance.[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 241, Streets and Sidewalks.
The City street design cross-sections, which are available in the office of the City Engineer.
The design of streets shall provide for proper continuation of streets from adjacent subdivision and built-up areas and proper projection of streets into adjacent unsubdivided and open land. Generally, a right-of-way on each side shall be provided at least every 1,000 feet.

§ 245-2 Street specifications.

Major or collector streets shall be 60 feet wide; most streets shall be 50 feet wide. Continuations of existing forty-foot streets which, if continued at 40 feet, will be satisfactory in the view of the Board, or streets where traffic will be local only, may be 40 feet wide. Residential lanes serving only dwelling units may be less than 50 feet wide. A ten-foot utility easement is required on each side, and off-street parking for at least three vehicles per dwelling is required.
Street Width Table
Type of Street
Required Right-of-Way
Pavement on Traveled Way
Additional Utility and Snow Easement
Residential dead-end or local street
1 to 20 dwellings
21 to 50 dwellings
Residential collector
51 to 200 dwellings
Neighborhood collector
Over 200 dwellings or any commercial, governmental or industrial use
Major artery or access
Connecting heavy traffic, highways or generation points
A five-foot snow storage and utility easement shall be provided on each side of the street. A ten-foot easement shall be designated for a forty-foot right-of-way.
Streets shall intersect at right angles where possible but under no circumstances at an angle of less than 60°.
T intersections formed on opposite sides of the same collector street shall not be closer than 200 feet center line to center line.
Street lines at intersections shall be cut back to provide the curb radii of not less than 20 feet.
Street intersections and curves shall be so designated as to permit adequate visibility for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Curves in general shall have a minimum center-line radius of 100 feet. All streets shall be designed on the plans and built following curves rather than angle points.
A dead-end street or cul-de-sac shall be provided with a suitable turnaround at the closed end, having a minimum outside curb radius of 50 feet (40 feet may be used in cases of hardship due to available land or topography).
A block shall be generally not less than 600 feet nor more than 1,200 feet in length.
Grades of all streets shall be a reasonable minimum but shall be not less than 7 1/2% nor more than 8% unless a variance is recommended by the Board and the City Engineer and approved by the City Council.
All streets in general shall be provided with at least one sidewalk having a minimum width of five feet. Roads or lanes with housing density of less than one dwelling unit each 300 feet shall not require sidewalks. Rear lot line rights-of-way may be provided for utilities or public purposes. Such rights-of-way shall be owned and maintained by the developer or landowners abutting.
It shall be the responsibility of the developer to protect control points or property corners set by his surveyor and all stakes set by the City in connection with the work. All City restake work in excess of 10% of the stakes shall be paid for by the developer at a rate to be determined by the City Engineer.

§ 245-3 Utilities.

Utility poles shall be installed on the edge of the street right-of-way on the lot side of proposed sidewalks where feasible.
The location of all utilities shall be in accordance with Maine Public Utility Commission General Order 15, dated February 20, 1963, where feasible.