Environmental Services is working on a project to replace a pipe that carries stormwater runoff from streets and other hard surfaces in parts of Hillsdale. Runoff from more than 10 acres between SW 18th and SW 21st avenues near Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway drains into the corrugated metal pipe.
The pipe runs underneath Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway near the Bertha triangle and emerges in a deep ravine where it drains into Fanno Creek. Portions of the 12-inch wide, 130-foot long pipe are badly corroded and failing.
This project will replace the pipe and revegetate the banks of Fanno Creek in and around the work area. The project will also include constructing a swale to manage stormwater and sediment, and removing and planting a portion of SW 21st Avenue (see map).
An informal trail will provide pedestrians a way to get off of Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. The closure of SW 21st Avenue is recommended in the Portland Bureau of Transportation's High Crash Corridor Plan for this area.
Construction began on July 21, 2014, and is expected to last until mid to late September. Crews are preparing to pave the trench across SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. Paving is scheduled on September 4-5. After trench paving is complete, crews will be working in the gully near the creek and the repaired outfall pipe. They will also be removing pavement and revegetating SW 21st from Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway toward SW Carolina. When work is completed on SW 21st, crews will install a trail to give pedestrians safe passage off of the highway.
*Lane restrictions on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway at SW 21st Avenue*
Paving on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway on Thursday, September 4 and Friday, September 5 is reducing traffic to one lane in each direction at SW 21st Avenue, just west of Bertha Boulevard. Lane restrictions will be in place during extended work hours, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days. Drivers should expect delays during construction hours. The bike lane is closed in the work area and pedestrians should detour around the work zone.
- Construction on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway will close some traffic lanes. When crews are working in the highway, one travel lane in either direction will be open at all times.
- Stormwater bypass pumps will be installed soon on SW 21st between Iowa and Carolina. Driveway access will be maintained but through traffic will be diverted.
- Even though there is no work planned for SW Bertha Boulevard, this project will close a short segment of northbound SW Bertha Boulevard, from SW Bertha Court to Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway in order to direct traffic around the work site on the highway. The closure will be in effect during work hours only when crews are working on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.
**Traffic heading to westbound Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway from SW Vermont and Bertha Boulevard should follow the signed detour route or use another route.**
**Traffic heading to eastbound Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway from SW Vermont and Bertha Boulevard can take SW Bertha Court.**
- Travel lanes on southbound/eastbound SW Bertha Boulevard from Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway toward SW Vermont will remain open.
- Pedestrians should detour around the work site.
When the work near the creek is finished, construction crews will stabilize the slope. Re-vegetation staff are currently working on invasive species removal, and will be planting native species on about 1 acre within and outside of the work area this winter and next winter.
Construction Hours and Noise
Normal work hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Work on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway is limited to the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The city’s contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays. Several bypass pumps will operate day and night to keep stormwater out of the outfall pipe during construction. With questions, comments or noise complaints, please contact Becky Tillson at 503-823-2827.
For More Information
With questions or for more information, please contact Becky Tillson at 503-823-2827. To be added to an email update list, email Becky with “Fanno Outfall Project” in the subject line.