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1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204
Environmental Services—your sewer and stormwater services provider—will begin construction soon on a project to add three rain gardens along Sandy Boulevard, between SE 8th and 9th and Oak and Stark Streets. This new green infrastructure will manage runoff from about 1.5 acres of roadway and remove about 1.3 million gallons of stormwater a year from the sewer system. These stormwater facilities will help preserve the capacity of the sewer system, protect the city’s investments in sewer improvements, and protect public health, property, and the environment.
Project design began in 2012.
In addition to managing stormwater runoff, the project will:
• Improve pedestrian and bike safety;
• Improve traffic circulation around the intersection of SE 9th and Sandy; and
• Support the efficient movement of freight traffic within the project area.
Environmental Services worked with the Central Eastside Industrial District’s Freight Committee and Portland’s Bureau of Transportation to design the travel lanes.
Converting about 8,500 square feet of asphalt along Sandy into landscape areas will add neighborhood green space, improve the urban environment, and increase parking spaces. Large trees along Sandy will contribute to both stormwater management and aesthetics. The project will add four parking spaces and restore eight parking spaces removed when the city implemented the parking permit system.
Nearly $350,000 in grant funds from Portland’s East Side Big Pipe Community Benefit Opportunity Program and the US EPA’s Integrated Wet Weather Program will help fund this project.
Environmental Services began construction in July 2014. The project will take about six months to complete.
The green streets in this project will collect stormwater runoff from streets and allow the water to soak into the ground as soil and vegetation filter pollutants. The city maintains green streets to ensure that they effectively manage stormwater. Portland has more than a thousand green street planters that manage stormwater, reduce sewer backups and add green space in neighborhoods. Go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/greenstreets to see green street examples and get more information.
Throughout construction, please contact Debbie Caselton with questions or concerns either by phone at 503-823-2831 or by email.