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Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

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

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Sellwood-Moreland Sewer Repair Project

Environmental Services continues to repair or replace about 25,000 feet of public sewer pipes in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood that are between 80 and 100 years old and deteriorating due to age. This project will help protect the public and the environment by reducing the possibility of costly breaks, leaks, blockages and sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.

Sellwood-Moreland Sewer Project map


What We've Heard From You

Several neighbors have asked why work crews don’t complete all the work on their block before moving on to other locations. Inactivity between the different construction phases are often unavoidable. Even when there is no visible construction, the city’s contractor is likely ordering and awaiting delivery of specific supplies that can only be ordered after physically inspecting pipes, or evaluating the quality of repairs before final paving. It’s also more economical for the contractor to pave several streets in one day rather than mobilizing crews to pave individual blocks as sewer installation is completed.                                                                                              

Construction Schedule

The anticipated construction schedule for the next three weeks is subject to change due to underground conditions, weather, subcontractor schedules and availability of materials. Specifically, street paving is conditional upon appropriate weather conditions.

Crews will complete concrete work in manholes and stormdrains in various locations around the neighborhood.

  • The following streets will be paved:
    • SE 21st Avenue (between Claybourne and Bybee)
    • SE Lambert (between 14th and Milwaukie)
    • SE 11th (between Nehalem and Miller)
    • SE Milwaukie at Lambert
    • SE Claybourne (between Milwaukie and 17th)

Week of July 20:

  •  SE 11th Avenue (between Miller and Bidwell) – continue open trench construction to install mainline, and install manhole at Bidwell
  •  SE 20th Avenue (between Bybee and Knapp) – install manholes and branches to individual properties, on southern section of block between 7124 SE 20th and SE Knapp

Week of July 27:

  •  SE 11th Avenue (between Lexington and Bidwell) – install branches to individual properties
  • SE 20th Avenue (between Bybee and SE Knapp) – finish installing branches to individual properties
  • SE Carlton (between 13th and 14th) – prepare for and conduct pipe bursting, and install branches to individual properties

Week of August 3:

  • SE 11th Avenue (between Lexington and Bidwell) - install branches to individual properties
  • SE 15th Avenue (between Carlton and Tolman) – Spot repair in mainline
  • SE Carlton (between 13th and 14th) – connect new mainline to manholes, and install new branches to properties

What to Expect During Construction

  • Work hours are generally 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursdays, though pipe bursting also takes place on Fridays, and some other work may also occur on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and may disrupt normal neighborhood activity.
  • Local access to all properties will be maintained, but construction activities may impact normal use of your driveway or entrance to your business.
  • You should expect traffic delays in and near the work area. Please observe traffic control signs and follow the directions of flaggers.
  • On‐street parking will be restricted in and near the work zones to create a safe work environment and to stage equipment and materials.
  • Some equipment and materials may be stored on your street or nearby streets overnight.
  • There may be periods of inactivity between construction phases due to a variety of factors including weather, subcontractor schedules, and availability of materials.
  • Sewer, water, and other utilities will remain in service during construction.
  • A city inspector is on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with construction concerns. Inspectors typically wear a City of Portland safety vest and hard hat.
  • As the contractor completes construction on each street, work crews apply a temporary patch. They will return later for permanent paving.
  • Please contact Amy Higgs at 503-975-7073 or if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues, or medical or business deliveries.

For More Information

To report concerns during night work, please call the on-site hotline at 503-823-1257. You may also call the Portland Noise Control Office at 503-823-7350. If you have other questions about the project, contact Amy Higgs at 503-975-7073. To receive regular email updates about this project, please send an email to Amy with “Sellwood-Moreland” in the subject line.