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Overlook Sewer Replacement Project

  •  Construction Update

April 9, 2014

Click to view a larger mapEnvironmental Services is replacing or repairing about 17,000 feet of public sewer pipes in the Overlook neighborhood that are between 60 and 90 years old and in poor condition. The city installed many of these sewers before 1920. The project includes constructing about 9,100 feet of 6-inch sewer branch pipes that will connect homes and businesses to the new public sewer pipes. Replacing and repairing these sewers will protect the public and the environment by reducing the possibility of costly breaks, leaks, blockages and sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.

A project map is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/OverlookProject.

DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE

Killingsworth Street (Greeley to Interstate)

  • Crews are connecting homes and businesses to the new main public sewer pipe between Concord and Interstate.
  • Final paving of Killingsworth between Greeley and Boston Avenues is scheduled for April 21.
  • There will be traffic disruptions when crews are working on Killingsworth Street. Drivers and bike riders using Killingsworth should observe traffic control signs, and avoid work zones where possible.

Wygant Street (Gay to west end)

  • Concrete restoration of Wygant Street has been scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 15, but may be postponed due to weather. Restoration will likely occur in two phases. 

            Phase 1: Concrete restoration from the west end of Wygant to Boston 

            Phase 2: Concrete restoration from Boston to Gay

  • Each phase will involve approximately two days of preparation and one day of pouring concrete. Once the concrete is poured it will require one week to cure. 
  • There will be no vehicle access to Wygant, Boston, or Blandena west of Gay Avenue during the curing process.

WHAT WE’VE HEARD FROM YOU

  • Several residents and property owners have inquired about the restoration work yet to be done on some sidewalks, curbs, driveway aprons, planting strips and other areas affected by sewer construction. All locations that have been emailed or called in to Public Involvement have been placed on a list and shared with the construction team.
  • As construction crews finish main pipe work and focus on paving and restoration, wet spring weather will likely require changes to the construction schedule. The email update you receive is a reflection of what the contractor intends to complete over a three week period barring unforeseen circumstances.

BUSINESSES OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION

Please remember that businesses within construction zones are OPEN. If you are traveling to a business within the construction zone, you may see orange signs and barricades reading ROAD CLOSED to Thru Traffic – Local Access Only. The signs are intended to reduce overall traffic going through the area while construction is underway, but everyone living in or conducting business within the construction zone will be allowed access.

CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE

Below is the estimated Overlook sewer construction schedule for the rest of this week and the next three weeks. Construction will move from one site to another as work on each segment is completed. Please be aware that this schedule is subject to change due to a variety of factors, including conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts, subcontractor schedules and availability of materials.

The rest of this week

  • Killingsworth Street (Interstate to Concord) – branches to connect homes and businesses to main public sewer pipe
  • Killingsworth Street (at Burrage) – storm drain construction
  • Killingsworth Street (at Wilbur) – storm drain construction
  • Greeley Avenue (at Sumner) – manhole construction for main public sewer pipe
  • Greeley Avenue (at Emerson) – storm drain construction
  • Greeley Avenue (at Willamette) – storm drain construction
  • Boston Avenue – branches to connect houses to main public sewer pipe
  • Blandena Street – branches to connect houses to main public sewer pipe
  • Burrage Avenue (Willamette to Killingsworth) – asphalt preparation and restoration
  • Emerson Street (Greeley to Gay) – asphalt preparation and restoration
  • Sumner Street (at Adidas campus) – asphalt preparation and restoration

Week of April 14

  • Killingsworth Street (at Atlantic) – storm drain construction
  • Greeley Avenue (at Sumner) – manhole construction for main public sewer pipe
  • Willamette Boulevard (Greeley to Delaware) – asphalt preparation and restoration
  • Emerson Street (Greeley to Gay) – asphalt preparation and restoration
  • Sumner Street (at Adidas campus) – asphalt preparation and restoration
  • Burrage Avenue (Willamette to Killingsworth) – asphalt preparation and restoration
  • Wygant Street (Gay to west end) – storm drain construction
  • Wygant Street (Gay to west end) – concrete preparation and restoration

Week of April 21

  • Killingsworth Street (Greeley to Delaware) – asphalt preparation and restoration
  • Sumner Street (at Adidas campus) – concrete preparation and restoration
  • Wygant Street (Gay to west end) – concrete preparation and restoration

Week of April 28

  • Killingsworth Street (Concord to Interstate) – asphalt preparation and restoration

What to Expect During Construction

  • Typical work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, but the contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays.
  • Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity.
  • Traffic control signs are in place. The contractor maintains local access, but you should expect delays.
  • On-street parking in or near the work area is prohibited during construction hours. Please plan to move your vehicle by 7:00 a.m.
  • Equipment and materials may be stored on nearby streets overnight.
  • There may be periods of inactivity between construction phases.
  • A city inspector is on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with construction concerns. Inspectors typically wear a safety vest and hard hat.
  • Please stay clear of all construction activities. Please keep your children from harm and instruct them to stay clear of all construction activities. We also appreciate your keeping pets and vehicles out of the construction areas.

For More Information

To receive email updates for this project, send an email to Matt Gough at Matthew.Gough@portlandoregon.gov with “Overlook” in the subject line.

Thank you for your cooperation during this project. Please let us know if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues or medical or business deliveries. As always, we’ll strive to provide quick response to your concerns, minimal disruption of your residence or commercial business, and open and honest communication with you throughout the project.

Working for clean rivers

Over one-third of Portland's 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are more than 80 years old. Projects to replace or repair aging sewers are important for protecting water quality, public health and the environment. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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