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NE Columbia Blvd and NE 63rd Ave Sewer and Stormwater Project

September 2015

Environmental Services will begin construction in October on a project to install a stormwater filtration system along NE Columbia Boulevard between NE 60th and NE 63rd avenues. A vault installed in Columbia Boulevard at 63rd Avenue that will filter sediment and pollutants from stormwater runoff discharged through an outfall pipe into the Columbia Slough. The work also includes replacing 175 feet of public sewer pipe in Columbia west of 63rd. The project will improve water quality, protect public health, and help restore fish and wildlife habitat. Construction is scheduled to begin the week of October 5, 2015 and last for two months.

Proposed Schedule

Through public involvement and engineering conversations over the past year, Environmental Services developed a two-phase schedule to reduce construction impacts on businesses with large trucks and buses that access driveways on Columbia Boulevard at 63rd Avenue.                       

Phase one work will be in a short segment on Columbia Boulevard about 175 feet west of 63rd. Phase one construction hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for one week. 

The second phase is on Columbia Boulevard between the first phase location and 63rd followed by final street paving. Phase two construction hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays for up to five consecutive weekends.

NE Columbia Blvd and 63rd Ave map

Traffic Impact

Columbia Boulevard is a high traffic volume street and major freight corridor that serves commercial and industrial areas and a residential neighborhood. Expect traffic delays, lane closures and restricted turning movements in the construction zone during the two-month construction project.

  • Construction hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • Construction will reduce Columbia Boulevard to two lanes, one for each travel direction, between 60th and 63rd avenues during construction hours.
  • All lanes will re-open at 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • To go north on 63rd Avenue, eastbound traffic on Columbia Boulevard will detour south on 60th Avenue, east on Portland Highway, and north on Cully Boulevard back to Columbia Boulevard.
  • To go east on Columbia Boulevard, southbound traffic on 63rd Avenue will turn right (west) onto Columbia Boulevard and follow the signed detour.
  • The two-way left-turn lane on Columbia Boulevard between 60th and 63rd avenues will be closed in the construction zone, making those driveways accessible only from the open travel lane nearest to the driveways.
  • Flaggers will assist trucks and buses through the construction zone and help them turn off and onto Columbia at 60th and 63rd avenues.

Noise Variance

The Portland Noise Office granted Environmental Services a noise variance for Sunday construction on this project. Portland noise code allows construction from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Work after 6:00 p.m. and before 7:00 a.m. and all hours on Sundays requires a noise variance from the Portland Noise Office. The contractor may use a backhoe, concrete saw, jack hammer, compressor, pickup truck, haul truck, paving equipment and delivery vehicle for this project.

For More Information

Contact Joe Annett at 503-823-2934. During construction, we will send periodic email updates on the schedule, possible traffic detours, delays and lane restrictions. We encourage you to sign up now to receive updates by emailing Joe Annett with “columbia63rd” in the subject line.