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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

Vernon-Sabin-Alameda South

Construction Update: March 27, 2014

Environmental Services is replacing 10,030 feet of public sewer pipes that are between 92 and 104 years old and in poor condition. The project will also construct 62 manholes, 38 storm drains, 955 feet of storm drain pipe, and 3,870 feet of service laterals to connect houses and businesses to the rebuilt public sewer. The replacement and repair of aging and failing pipes and other infrastructure 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.

Developments of Note

  • Mainline crews have installed new main public sewer pipe along NE 30th Avenue (Siskiyou to Klickitat) and on NE 31st Street (Siskiyou Street to Fremont).  Lateral crews are now connecting homes to the new public sewer and patching trenches with temporary asphalt.  Final paving of this area has not been scheduled.  
  • Mainline crews have begun installing new main sewer pipe on NE Alameda Street between 26th and 28th Avenues.  Lateral crews will begin connecting homes shortly after mainline pipe is in place. Main pipe and lateral work in this area is expected to be completed by mid-April.  Final paving has not been scheduled. 
  • Mainline crews will begin work on NE 20th (Alameda to Ridgewood) and NE 22nd (Ridgewood to Regents) in early April. 
  • Please be aware that the construction schedule can change due to a variety of factors, including conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts, subcontractor schedules and availability of materials, among others.

What We've Heard From You

Several of you have asked when on-street parking will be returned and how long equipment and materials will be stored on streets under construction, or on streets nearby.  In general, there are three phases of construction with periods of inactivity between each phase.  Each phase can take a few days to a few weeks to complete depending on the street.  Please feel free to contact us for specifics about your area. 

         Phase 1 – Build new main public sewer pipe and patch trenches with temporary asphalt

         Phase 2 – Build lateral connections to homes and patch trenches with temporary asphalt 

         Phase 3 – Final paving of roadway removed by construction

The removal of on street parking and staging of equipment and materials will be necessary during each phase of construction. We understand that our presence disrupts normal daily life and will return on-street parking between phases if not needed.  We are sensitive to the fact that we are visitors to your neighborhood and will re-evaluate our construction footprint regularly to limit our impact. 

What to Expect During Construction

  • Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 may be limited.  Please observe no parking signs.
  • 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.

For More Information

Contact Matt Gough at 503-823-5352. To receive occasional email updates for this project, email Matt Gough with “VSA South" 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.

 VSA South project map



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