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Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1000, Portland, OR 97204

SW Capitol Highway and Vincent Place Sewer Repair Project

Environmental Services has completed a project to replace cracked and deteriorating sewer pipes underneath SW Capitol Highway and SW Terwilliger Boulevard.

Restoring Native Plants

Environmental Services will remove invasive vegetation and restore native plants in the work areas. In the area off of SW Vincent Place, Environmental Services will restore native plants once the invasives are controlled. In the traffic island, crews will re-seed the disturbed area. When the Water Bureau has completed their work (see below for more information), trees and other landscaping will be planted there. Re-vegetation will include planting 645 native trees and 1,217 shrubs and plants. Environmental Services will maintain the new plantings during the initial establishment period.

map of SW Capitol Highway and Vincent sewer project

Construction Method

Environmental Services will use jack and bore construction to replace the pipe underneath SW Capitol Highway. The city's contractor will excavate a launch shaft in the vegetated pedestrian island on the north side of the highway and a receiving shaft on the south side. The contractor will bore underneath the highway horizontally from the launch shaft to the receiving shaft and push sewer pipe into place behind the boring machine without disturbing the surface.

The contractor will also replace a sewer pipe next to SW Vincent Place. This will require installing a temporary pipe in Terwilliger Boulevard and the pedestrian trail in George Himes Park to pump sewage around the construction area. Once the temporary pipe is installed, a pump and generator will operate around the clock until the sewer repair is complete. Bypass pumping could take from 60 to 75 days.

SW Capitol,Terwilliger and George Himes Park will remain open during construction. Environmental Services has obtained permits from the Bureau of Development Services and Portland Parks & Recreation to work in the park and in an environmental zone.

When construction is complete, Environmental Services will replant the pedestrian island with native vegetation.

Water Bureau and Transportation Work

Environmental Services is coordinating this project with the Portland Water Bureau and the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Following sewer construction, the Water Bureau will install a 24-inch water pipe to connect with the Burlingame water supply pipe and build service vaults in the pedestrian island between SW Terwilliger and SW Capitol. Water Bureau work is tentatively scheduled for 2014. For more information about this work contact the Portland Water Bureau at 503-823-7404.

In the project's final phase, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will reconstruct the sidewalk, curbs and the path through the pedestrian island. Transportation work will follow the sewer and water construction. For more information contact the Portland Bureau of Transportation at 503-823-5185.

For more information, or to be added to an email update list, please contact Becky Tillson at 503-823-2827, or send an email. Thank you for your cooperation during this important sewer projet.

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