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Cities where Avenues run one way and streets run another

Started by roadman65, October 31, 2019, 09:39:15 AM

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Quote from: Bruce on October 31, 2019, 02:23:09 PMIn Seattle, avenues are north-south and streets are east-west. Usually  the exceptions are given a separate suffix, like Way (for grid breakers), or Boulevard.

This actually extends to all of the King County grid as well, which (mostly) lines up with Seattle's grid. Most of the cities that have their own grid also use Avenues N/S and Streets E/W, exceptions being Kirkland which has them swapped, and Auburn, which uses lettered streets for N/S roads instead. Also, all east-west roads have their directionals before the name (i.e. NE 85th St) and all north-south roads have the directional placed after the name (i.e. 148th Ave NE) so you still can determine whether a road runs N/S or E/W even if it isn't a Street or Avenue designation.

The pattern also extends to Snohomish County (where the grid is based on Everett's), but the directional is always a suffix. Pierce County generally follows the same rule, but Tacoma's grid has lettered streets that run north-south.

Actually Clark County (Vancouver, WA area) has this as well, but they do the opposite of Snohomish County and always put the directional as a prefix.
Likely to match Portland's system and more or less try to sync up with the Eastside's numbered avenues (SE 164th Ave in Clark County is offset from NE 162nd Ave in Multnomah County, and SE 192nd Ave more or less lines up with NE 181st Ave, but as I-205 is the only nearby bridge, one could squint looking at the map and see how everything could line up if more crossings existed).

Only Gresham, Troutdale, Camas, and Washougal swap the N-S Avenues and E-W Streets of greater Portland/Vancouver, overlaying their own grid on top of the Metro grid. Hillsboro overlaps and meshes its grid on Portland's, using the same scheme for numbered Avenues, going from N/SW 335th Ave to N/SW 17th Ave counting down to 1st, then back up to N/SW 75th, with some named roads like Century Blvd formerly being SE 231st/NE 229th Avenues before Portland's kicks back in at N/SE 218th just past Cornelius Pass Rd.


A section of Camden and Pennsauken, NJ do something like this. It's odd that it crosses municipal lines, but does not constitute the majority of either city. The section is between the Delaware River to the northwest, the Cooper River to the southwest, Browning Road to the northeast, and the railroad which carries the River Line and freight trains to the southeast.

The pattern is that avenues parallel the Delaware River (roughly SW to NE) and numbered streets (16th through 49th) are perpendicular to them. There are exceptions, though. Roads between consecutively numbered streets can be streets or avenues, and there are a few streets mixed in with the avenues.

Bayonne, NJ has a more orderly grid. The lettered avenues are parallel to the Newark Bay (southwest to northeast), and go from A to F, with named avenues in between when needed, and numbered streets perpendicular to them from 1st to 58th, again with named streets in between when needed.

Another such grid is in nearby Union City, continuing into parts of West New York, Guttenberg, and North Bergen, where avenues parallel the Hudson River and streets are perpendicular to them. The numbered streets go from 2nd to 95th, while avenues are named except in a small section of North Bergen which has 1st through 5th Avenues.

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