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Environmental Services has almost completed construction of a project to remove stormwater from the sewer system using green street planters, which will reduce the possibility of basement backups into homes and businesses, and sewage overflows onto streets. The new planters will remove an average of 1.6 million gallons of stormwater annually from the sewer system. The project includes curb ramps and other pedestrian improvements along SE Clay Street to increase access and safety along the route to the river.
Crews will be testing the facilities and pipe connections, as well as doing some final clean up. Environmental Services Watershed Revegetation crews will come back this spring to plant in the green street planters.
SE CLAY GREEN STREET
The City of Portland worked with the community to develop a green street project on SE Clay Street from the Willamette River to SE 12th Avenue. The SE Clay Green Street Project will give inner east side Portland residents improved and safer connections to the Willamette River, and an urban greenway through the Central Eastside Industrial District.
The goal of the SE Clay Green Street project is to improve reliable sewer service through stormwater management measures, maintain freight and business activities, enhance pedestrian and bicycle access to the Willamette River, and advance watershed health goals.
Construction began in August 2013 and is anticipated to be complete by February 2014.
The city worked with neighborhood residents, business district representatives, and pedestrian and bicycle advocates in planning the project. Public outreach and stakeholder interviews began in November 2007, followed by community events and brainstorming. Environmental Services held a final public open house in spring 2009. The city completed a final report (22.7 MB PDF) in December 2009 detailing the process and completed the final community design plan in April 2010.
Environmental Services worked with artist Linda Wysong and the community to develop a design plan that creates a unique identity and recognizes the history of the area for the route along SE Clay Street from SE Water Avenue to SE 12th. The city held two community involvement events in winter and spring 2010. Click here to read the final report summarizing the art plan.
In April 2007, a private developer constructed the River East Center at the intersection of SE Clay Street and the Willamette River waterfront. The River East redevelopment serves as a pedestrian gateway to the esplanade and incorporates vegetated stormwater planters and swales.
In February 2008, the city constructed a Green Street at SE 12th and Clay to provide sustainable stormwater management and enhance the 12th Avenue pedestrian crossing. The city and Portland Community College (PCC) have worked together and have installed another sustainable stormwater project at the corner of SE Clay Street and SE Water Avenue.
Contact Debbie Caselton at 503-823-2831.
Construction to Begin
Fact sheet about Portland green streets
A place to learn about sustainable stormwater management
View project plans
Stormwater management details at RiverEast Center (1,089kb PDF)