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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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SE 20th and Haig Sewer Project

Construction will begin next month on an Environmental Services project to replace aging sewer pipes on SE 20th Avenue from SE Lafayette to Haig streets, and on SE Haig Street from SE 20th to 18th avenues. The pipes are over 100 years old and in poor condition. The project will protect the public and the environment by reducing the possibility of costly breaks, leaks, blockages and sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.Construction is expected to be complete by July 31, 2015.

SE Haig and 20th sewer project map

Developments of Note

Preparation for sewer construction is scheduled to begin next week

  • As soon as Tuesday, March 3, crews will begin mobilizing equipment, marking utilities, and saw cutting pavement where excavation will take place.
  • Soon after saw cutting, crews will start open trench sewer construction at the intersection of SE Lafayette Street and 20th Avenue and move north toward SE Haig Street.
  • Flaggers will direct traffic past the work zone. The contractor will maintain local access to all properties but construction may impact normal use of your driveway or entrance to your business.
  • Please observe traffic control signage and follow the directions of flaggers. 

What to Expect During Construction

  • Construction hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The contractor may choose to work the same hours on Saturdays.
  • The contractor will use open trench construction on this project.
  • Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity.
  • You should expect traffic delays in and near the work area. Please observe traffic control signs and follow the directions of flaggers.
  • The contractor will maintain local access to homes and businesses but construction may impact normal use of driveways and vehicle lots.
  • On-street parking will be restricted within work zones to create a safe work environment and accommodate equipment and materials.
  • Some equipment and materials will be stored on your street or nearby streets overnight.
  • A variety of factors, including conditions underground, weather, subcontractor schedules, and availability of materials may cause schedule changes and periods of inactivity.
  • A city inspector will be on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with an immediate need during construction.
  • Your sewer service and other utilities should not be interrupted during construction.

Thank you in advance 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. 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.

For More Information

Contact Matt Gough at 503-823-5352. More construction details will be available as the city completes project design.

To receive project updates by email Matt with “Haig” in the subject line.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.