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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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SW Ventilation and Capacity Improvements Project

  • ***UPDATE*** SW Taylors Ferry Road reopened late morning, May 21. Unanticipated underground conditions delayed crews from finishing pipe installation that began late Wednesday night. *****
  • Night work hours are typically 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.
  • The contractor will work on Taylors Ferry 24-hours beginning Friday, May 29, from 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 1.

To receive email updates for this project including last minute notices of closure reschedules, send an email to ashley.tjaden@portlandoregon.gov with “SW Ventilation” in the subject line.

Project Background

Environmental Services began construction in early February 2015 on a project to install about 1,000 feet of 24-inch concrete pipe along SW Taylors Ferry Road and 800 feet of 48-inch concrete pipe along SW Virginia Avenue.

The project will increase the capacity of the Southwest Parallel Interceptor sewer system to accommodate potential growth, and will install a permanent odor control facility to reduce sewer odors in this area.

Photo of pipe installation

See photo of pipe installation that delayed SW Taylors Ferry from reopening early morning 5/21. The City will close SW Taylors Ferry Rd if construction makes vehicle passage unsafe.

Construction Detours

SW Taylors Ferry Road will be closed during night work and traffic will be directed to SW Macadam Avenue and SW Barbur Boulevard to detour around the construction zone as shone on the map below. Please be mindful of road closure and detour signs.

Construction closes the northbound lane of SW Virginia Avenue. The southbound lane of SW Virginia will remain open.TriMet buses are detoured onto SW Macadam Avenue. Go to www.Trimet.org/alerts for route information. (Reference Bus Route 43)

 Map of detour

Developments of Note

  • The City will close SW Taylors Ferry Rd if construction makes vehicle passage unsafe.
  • Typical overnight work hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. Wednesday night, May 20 the contractor incurred unanticipated underground conditions that disrupted pipe installation. The road remained closed until after 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 21 because the techniques the contractor needed to carefully wrap work up would have made vehicle passage unsafe.

Schedule and Construction Methods

Below is the estimated Southwest Ventilation and Capacity Improvement Project construction schedule for the next three months. Construction will move from one site to another as crews complete work on each segment. Night work is projected to continue until July, and weekend work has been scheduled. Please be aware that this schedule is subject to change due to conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts, subcontractor schedules and availability of materials.

Photo of Night Work Construction

May:

  • Install pipe on SW Taylors Ferry Rd, connect pipe to new manholes
  • Install 84-inch manholes on Taylors Ferry, south of SW Fulton Park Blvd (weekend work)
  • Use cured-in-place pipe

June:

  • The contractor plans 24-hour weekend construction beginning Friday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 1
  • Install 84-inch manholes south of SW Fulton Park Blvd (weekend work)
  • Install pipe on SW Taylors Ferry and connect to manholes
  • Saw cut and trench pavement on SW Virginia Ave
  • Install pipe and use cured-in-place pipe repair
  • Sawcut and trench SW Virginia Ave

July

  • Saw cut and trench pavement
  • Break up and dispose of rock and pavement
  • Begin installation of 84-inch and 96-inch manholes on SW Virginia Ave

The contractor is using both open trench construction and cured-in-place pipe lining. The contractor uses excavators to cut pavement, and bypass pumps to move sewage around the work sites and to circulate steam through sewer pipes to cure the liner. The contractor may also use utility trucks, backhoes, and lights during night work hours.

Nighttime Construction

The Portland Noise Control Office granted Environmental Services a noise variance for overnight construction. . There will be work 24-hours for up to four non-consecutive weekends. Weekend construction hours will be 8:00 p.m. on Fridays to 6:00 a.m. on Mondays as indicated under Developments of Note section.

If you have questions or concerns during night work, you can call the City of Portland onsite hotline at 503-823-6659. You can also contact the Portland Noise Control Office at 503-823-7350 or noise@portlandoregon.gov.

If you have questions or concerns about the project during regular business hours, please contact Ashley Tjaden at 503-823-5281. Environmental Services will also forward any noise-related comments to the Noise Office. 

Road Closure During Night Construction

Nighttime construction on SW Taylors Ferry Road began in early February. The overnight construction could last through July. During nighttime construction, SW Taylors Ferry Road will be closed to both local and through traffic from SW Macadam to just north of the cemetery. Cemetery and Funeral Home will remain open during construction.

 SW Virginia Avenue

Ventilation and Capacity project mapSW VIRGINIA AVENUE
REDUCED TO ONE LANE–
SW Virginia Avenue will be reduced to
one southbound lane only. Work hours on SW Virginia
Avenue are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday –
Friday. TriMet buses are rerouted.

SW Taylors Ferry Road

SW TAYLORS FERRY ROAD
NIGHT WORK–
SW Taylors Ferry Road closed 8 p.m. to
6 a.m. Monday – Friday.
SW La View Drive, SW Fulton
Park Blvd, SW Virginia Avenue,
and SW Macadam Avenue
will have no access to and
from SW Taylors Ferry Road during
night work hours.

WEEKEND WORK– (continuous)
SW Taylors Ferry Road closed Friday, May 29 until Saturday, May 30 at 
6 a.m.

Flaggers will open one southbound lane Saturday at 6:00 a.m. until the manhole installation is complete, no later than Monday, June 1 at 6:00 a.m
City may close the road if construction
makes vehicle traffic unsafe. 

SW Miles Place

SW MILES PLACE COMMUNITY
LOCAL ACCESS–
East of SW Macadam Avenue
local access will be maintained to
SW Miles Street, SW Miles Court and
SW Miles Place.

Virginia Ave Southbound Only

What to Expect During Construction

  • SW Taylors Ferry Road is closed during overnight construction on SW Taylors Ferry Road from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. The closure is from SW Macadam Ave to SW Fulton Parl Blvd.
  • Weekend construction will close the northbound lane on SW Taylors Ferry Road 24 hours a day for up to four non-consecutive weekends. The construction will begin at 8:00 p.m. Friday and end at 6:00 a.m. Monday, depending on weather.
  • Work hours on SW Virginia will be 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays.
  • There will be lane restrictions and limited access within the project area.
  • On-street parking in or near the work area will be prohibited during work hours.
  • Equipment and materials may be stored in the work area and on nearby streets overnight.
  • You may notice an odor during the pipe lining process but it will dissipate quickly.
  • Public utilities will not be interrupted during construction.
  • A city construction inspector will be on-site during work hours, and may be able to assist you with construction concerns. Inspectors typically wear a City of Portland safety vest and a hard hat.
  • Let us know if you have concerns such as business operations or deliveries, disability issues or medical deliveries.
  • To receive email updates for this project, send an email to ashley.tjaden@portlandoregon.gov with “SW Ventilation” in the subject line.