Environmental Services is currently working on two inner southeast Portland sewer projects (see maps):
- Replace 100-year old public sewer pipes that are in poor condition on SE 2nd and 3rd avenues between Alder and Stark and restore the intersection of SE 3rd and Alder.
- Install an underground vault on SE Alder between SE 6th and Grand to divert combined sewage during heavy rain storms.
As a result of this project, the sewer in the area will function better, basement backups occurrences will be reduced, and the intersection of SE 3rd and Alder will be improved for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.
Construction on both projects started on September 10, 2013 and is expected to last into mid-March 2014.
Construction is Ongoing (see maps)
- Construction is nearly complete.
- Crews are working on a sewer lateral on SE 2nd between SE Alder and Stark.
- Final paving and restoration of SE 2nd and SE 3rd is expected in March.
What to expect during Construction
- Typical work hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays if necessary.
- There will be lane restrictions and closures with flaggers guiding traffic.You will have access to your property during work hours, but you may be delayed entering or leaving your street or driveway. Through traffic will be re-routed.
- SE Alder is closed to through traffic between SE Grand and SE 6th 24 hours a day. Cars may turn onto SE Alder from Grand, but must exit back onto Grand. Driveway access will be maintained. The closure is scheduled to be in place for 3-4 months.
- On-street parking in or near the work areas may be prohibited during work hours.
- Equipment and materials may be stored on nearby streets overnight.
- You will have sewer service at all times, even when work is near your building.
- A city construction inspector will be on-site during work hours, and may be able to assist you with construction concerns. Inspectors typically wear a safety vest and hard hat.
Let us know if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues or medical or business deliveries.
Maintaining Portland's Sewer System
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.