Environmental Services is building 13 green street facilities near SE Ivon and 41st and near SE Madison and 57th (see maps A and B, below). We will also be retrofitting two facilities at SE Grant and 29th (see map C, below). Green streets keep stormwater runoff out of the combined sewer system and help prevent sewer backups in basements during heavy rain. They also beautify the community and filter and clean stormwater runoff.
The project will remove some on-street parking spaces and some street trees to create space for the new stormwater management facilities. Environmental Services will replace street trees removed for the project with trees suited to the location. Environmental Services does not remove or replace street trees without evaluation and approval from the city’s Urban Forester.
Construction is ongoing, and will continue for several months. Crews are currently working on SE 41st at Clinton, and will continue to work on several adjacent facilities at once for the duration of the project.
What to expect during construction
- Construction hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays.
- Traffic congestion in the area may increase and you may experience delays in getting to your destination.
- On-street parking in or near the construction area may be prohibited during work hours to allow vehicles to maneuver in the area and to store materials.
- Construction activities will create noise, vibration and dust, and may disrupt normal neighborhood activity.
- Watch for partial road-closures and flaggers, and follow their instructions for everyone’s safety.
- There may be periods of inactivity between construction phases.
- A city construction inspector will be on-site during work hours, and will be able to assist you with construction concerns. Inspectors typically wear a safety vest and hard hat.
- Bikers should be cautious when traveling near construction sites, and avoid passing through work zones. Detour routes are signed.
Stormwater runoff can affect water quality in rivers and streams. Portland uses green streets, ecoroofs, trees and other green infrastructure to increase sewer system efficiency, and protect water quality, public health, and the environment. Green infrastructure keeps stormwater out of the sewer system, filters pollutants, provides habitat and increases neighborhood green space for healthier watersheds.
Tabor to the River
This project is part of the Tabor to the River Program, which combines innovative stormwater management techniques with sewer repairs and improvements to stop basement flooding, manage stormwater more naturally, and to restore watershed health. The program area extends from Mr. Tabor to the Willamette River between SE Hawthorne and SE Powell boulevards. For more information on the Tabor to the River Program, click here.
For More Information about the Ivon-Madison Green Street project, please contact Becky Tillson at 503-823-2827. If you wish to receive project updates, send an email to Becky with “Ivon-Madison Green Street” in the subject line. Thank you for your interest in this important project.