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Clinton Green Street and Sewer Construction Update: August 18, 2014

As part of the Tabor to the River Program, Environmental Services will begin construction on the Clinton Green Street and Sewer Project next week. Over the next year, this project will replace 3,800 feet of sewer pipe installed over 100 years ago, construct 24 green street planters and add two blocks of pervious paving. These improvements will protect public health, property and the environment, and reduce the possibility of sewage releases into streets, homes and businesses.

Clinton Green Street and Sewer Construction Update: August 18, 2014

As part of the Tabor to the River Program, Environmental Services will begin construction on the Clinton Green Street and Sewer Project next week. Over the next year, this project will replace 3,800 feet of sewer pipe installed over 100 years ago, construct 24 green street planters and add two blocks of pervious paving. These improvements will protect public health, property and the environment, and reduce the possibility of sewage releases into streets, homes and businesses.

A project map is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/clinton and Tabor to the River Program information is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/tabortoriver.

DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE

SE 21st Closures at Division Postponed

  • Work requiring periodic closures of southbound traffic on SE 21st Avenue between SE Division and Clinton streets has been postponed. Additional information will be provided once work is rescheduled.

 

CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE

Below is the estimated construction schedule for the next two weeks. Please be aware that this schedule is subject to change due to a variety of factors, including conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts, subcontractor schedules and availability of materials.

The rest of this week

  • SE Ivon Street (22nd to 25th avenues) – Construction of several green streets and corner improvements with Americans with Disabilities (ADA) compliant ramps
  • SE Caruthers Street (20th to 22nd avenues) – Main public sewer pipe and manhole construction

 

Week of August 25

  • SE Ivon Street (22nd to 25th avenues) – Construction of several green streets and corner improvements with ADA ramps
  • SE Caruthers Street (20th to 22nd avenues) – Main public sewer pipe and manhole construction

 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION

  • Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity.
  • Typical work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, but the contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays.
  • Please stay clear of all construction activities and keep children, pets and vehicles out of construction areas.
  • Traffic control signs are in place. The contractor maintains local access, but you should expect delays.
  • On-street parking in or near the work area may be limited. Please observe no parking signs.
  • Equipment and materials may be stored on nearby streets overnight.
  • There may be periods of inactivity between construction phases.
  • A city inspector is on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with construction concerns. Inspectors typically wear a hard hat and safety vest with “City of Portland” on the back.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/clinton or contact Matt Gough.

Thank you 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. As always, 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.

Sincerely,

Matt

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Matt Gough

Community Outreach and Information

City of Portland Environmental Services

1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000

Portland, Oregon 97204

Phone: 503-823-5352 l Cell Phone: 503-823-6622

Email: Matthew.Gough@portlandoregon.gov

Water Bureau is seeking community input on "boil water notice"

The Portland Water Bureau is asking community members to share their thoughts about the "boil water notice" last May. The Water Bureau wants to learn how it can improve how it communicates important information to community members in emergency situations.

Dear Water Customer,

 

In late May of this year the Portland Water Bureau sent a drinking water advisory (boil water notice) to customers telling them to boil their drinking water because of potential contamination.

While the Water Bureau is always working to keep our drinking water safe, we would also like to improve how we communicate important information to you in an emergency situation.

We want to hear from you about your experience during the drinking water advisory in May.

Please go to the link below and complete a short survey. The survey will ask you how you received information and advice on what to do during the incident.

We will use this information to improve the way we communicate with you and other community members in the future.

Please click on the link below to complete the online survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PortlandDrinkingWaterAdvisory

For more information or if you have questions, please contact:

Portland Water Bureau Water Line

503-823-7525

www.portlandoregon.gov/water

Thank you for your time and information,

Portland Water Bureau.

 

Woodlawn-King Soil Sampling

Environmental Services is designing three large-scale sewer projects in North and Northeast Portland neighborhoods to replace or repair approximately 53,300 feet of public sewer pipes that are on average 90 years old and failing due to age. This is the equivalent of 10 miles of sewer pipes. The three adjacent project areas will include construction in Piedmont, Humboldt, Woodlawn and King neighborhoods plus a few blocks in Overlook.

Woodlawn-King Soil Sampling

Environmental Services is designing three large-scale sewer projects in North and Northeast Portland neighborhoods to replace or repair approximately 53,300 feet of public sewer pipes that are on average 90 years old and failing due to age. This is the equivalent of 10 miles of sewer pipes. The three adjacent project areas will include construction in Piedmont, Humboldt, Woodlawn and King neighborhoods plus a few blocks in Overlook.

In the Woodlawn and King neighborhoods, the work will include repairing about 29,000 feet of sewer pipes. The sewer repairs will enhance livability by improving sewer and stormwater infrastructure, increasing sewer capacity, and reducing the risks of street flooding and sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets. Construction in Woodlawn-King will begin in 2016.

SOIL SAMPLING

For approximately two to three months, work crews will be drilling holes in street pavement and taking soil samples at several locations to help the design engineers understand conditions that construction crews may encounter. What the engineers learn from analysis of soil, rock and pavement samples will help them determine construction methods.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING SOIL SAMPLING

Soil sampling will occur Monday through Wednesday between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Crews will work at eight to ten locations a day beginning at the north end of the project area (everything north of Rosa Parks Way) and moving south (see map at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/489185). The holes will be a few inches in diameter and will be filled immediately after the drilling is completed. This work may require temporary lane restrictions and on-street parking closures. There may be brief periods of noise, dust and mild vibration during drilling. Work at each location will last approximately one hour.

 

OTHER WORK IN THE AREA

For approximately the next two to three months, work crews will be conducting soil sampling and survey work at several locations in adjacent neighborhoods as well, including Humboldt, Piedmont, and a few blocks in Overlook.

Trucks will also be in Woodlawn-King and adjacent neighborhoods using video equipment to inspect the interior of public sewer pipes. This will involve lowering equipment into a manhole and directing a camera through the sewer pipe. Engineers will use this information to determine if pipes need to be replaced or repaired.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact Rhetta Drennan at 503-823-6006. Before and during construction, we will be sending regular email updates to keep you posted about the schedule, construction activities, possible traffic detours and delays, parking restrictions and other impacts. We encourage you to sign up now to be added to the project's email update list. Send an email to Rhetta.Drennan@portlandoregong.gov with “Woodlawn-King” in the subject line to receive project updates by email.

Please let us know if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues or medical or business deliveries.

Cheryl Kuck

Community Outreach and Public Information

City of Portland Environmental Services

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

Phone: 503-823-7898 | Cell Phone: 503-823-8341

Email: Cheryl.Kuck@portlandoregon.gov

 

Working for clean rivers

Over one-third of Portland's 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are more than 80 years old. Projects to replace or repair aging sewers are important for protecting water quality, public health and the environment. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes.

Kenton Sewer Project Will Begin Construction Soon

Environmental Services will begin construction within a few weeks on the Kenton Sewer Repair Project. This project will replace about 7,000 feet of public sewer pipes that are between 80 and 90 years old and failing due to age. The work will include repairing or replacing about 2,500 feet of existing service laterals that connect houses and businesses from the curb to the public sewer in the street.

Kenton Sewer Project Will Begin Construction Soon

Environmental Services will begin construction within a few weeks on the Kenton Sewer Repair Project. This project will replace about 7,000 feet of public sewer pipes that are between 80 and 90 years old and failing due to age. The work will include repairing or replacing about 2,500 feet of existing service laterals that connect houses and businesses from the curb to the public sewer in the street. This project will increase sewer capacity and reduce the risks of street flooding and sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.

CONSTRUCTION METHODS

The city will use a combination of open trench construction, cured-in-place-pipe lining, and pipe bursting. Details about each construction method are available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/64780.

CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE

Construction is scheduled to begin within a few weeks and may take up to 14 months to complete. You may see city staff or contractors surveying, marking and moving utility lines, and trimming trees to prepare for the start of construction. Typical construction hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If needed, the contractor may work the same hours on Saturday. The contractor will work at night at several approved locations.

NIGHT WORK AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS

The Portland Noise Control Office granted Environmental Services a noise variance for nighttime construction at several locations in this project (see map at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/kenton).

A city inspector will be on-site during this night work. To report concerns during night work, please call the on-site hotline at 503-823-8458. You may also call the Portland Noise Control Office at 503-823-7350 or email noise@portlandoregon.gov.

N INTERSTATE AVENUE AND N RUSSET STREET

Construction in the intersection of N Interstate Avenue and N Russet Street will occur from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and should take no more than five days to complete. Businesses and residents in the construction area will be notified in advance of this night work.

The city’s contractor will excavate a trench to replace the public sewer pipe. The contractor will use heavy equipment to excavate and restore the pavement, and temporary lighting for the work area at night. The southbound travel lane of N Interstate Avenue will be closed and traffic re-routed during construction hours.

CURED-IN-PLACE PIPE LINING LOCATIONS

The contractor will use cured-in-place pipe lining (CIPP) to repair several sewers. Work crews may install lining at night at some locations because of the size of the pipe. Work at each location should take no more than a few days. People who live and work near a CIPP repair project can sometimes smell a chemical odor during pipe-lining. The odor is from the chemical styrene, which is in the resin liner installed inside the pipe. The odor dissipates quickly once the installation process is complete. The amount of airborne styrene the repair process produces is not a human health risk. More details about CIPP are available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/64780.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION

  • Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity.
  • Please stay clear of all construction activities and keep children, pets and vehicles out of construction areas.
  • On-street parking in or near the work area may be limited. Please observe no parking signs.
  • Equipment and materials may be stored on nearby streets overnight.
  • The contractor will maintain local access on streets, but you should expect delays. In some cases, construction activities may impact normal use of your driveway.
  • A city inspector will be on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with concerns. Inspectors wear a hard hat and a safety vest with “City of Portland” on the back.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

To report concerns during night work, please call the on-site hotline at 503-823-8458. You may also call Portland Noise Control Office at 503-823-7350 or email noise@portlandoregon.gov. If you have other questions about the project, contact Amy Higgs at 503-975-7073 or amy@loisdcohen.com. To receive regular email updates about this project, please send an email to Amy with “Kenton” in the subject line. More information about the project is available online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/kenton.

Cheryl Kuck

Community Outreach and Public Information

City of Portland Environmental Services

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

Phone: 503-823-7898 | Cell Phone: 503-823-8341

Email: Cheryl.Kuck@portlandoregon.gov

Working for clean rivers

Over one-third of Portland's 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are more than 80 years old. Projects to replace or repair aging sewers are important for protecting water quality, public health and the environment. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes.

NE Monroe and Rodney Green Street Project: Construction is Complete

Construction is complete, the plants will be planted this fall, and the new green street facility at NE Monroe and Rodney is just about ready to start capturing and treating stormwater every time it rains. We thought you would enjoy knowing a few things about this new neighbor.

NE Monroe and Rodney Green Street Project: Construction is Complete

Construction is complete, the plants will be planted this fall, and the new green street facility at NE Monroe and Rodney is just about ready to start capturing and treating stormwater every time it rains. We thought you would enjoy knowing a few things about this new neighbor.

WHAT IS A GREEN STREET?

Green streets are small rain gardens that collect stormwater runoff from streets, slow its flow and allow water to soak into the ground as soil and vegetation filter pollutants. Green streets keep stormwater out of the sewer system and local streams, replenish groundwater supplies, and create urban green spaces. Green streets are a cost effective way to manage stormwater.

TAKING CARE OF GREEN STREETS

Green streets are part of Portland’s sewer and stormwater system, and are designed to manage stormwater with minimal maintenance. The city is responsible for maintenance, and also welcomes help from neighbors. If you would like to become a Green Street Steward and adopt a green street, visit portlandoregon.gov/bes/greenstreetstewards or call 503-823-7740.

As a Green Street Steward, you can help keep green streets working well and looking good between city maintenance visits. You can remove trash, leaf litter and debris from the curb openings so stormwater can enter the green street, and water green street plants moderately during extended dry periods.

HOW TO BE A GOOD GREEN STREET NEIGHBOR

DO limit or eliminate use of fertilizers and pesticides in your yard. Garden chemicals washed away by stormwater can pollute ground and surface water.

DO call 503-823-1424 if you have green street maintenance concerns.

DO remove trash or debris from curb openings where water enters and exits the facility.

DO let us know if there seems to be a problem with the green street. See the contact numbers below.

DO NOT dump grass clippings or yard debris in a green street.

DO NOT use green streets for storage or parking.

DO NOT allow children or dogs to play in green streets. Even little feet can damage plants and compact soil. Bacteria in dog feces can be a health hazard to everyone.

DO NOT move or remove rock in the green streets. The rocks are there for erosion control.

WHERE TO REPORT PROBLEMS

  • Maintenance Concerns : 503-823-1424* or besstormwaterom@portlandoregon.gov
  • Problems that threaten public safety or property, or evidence of a substance spill: 503-823-1700*

(* 24 hour phone line)

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information, please contact Becky Tillson at 503-823-2827 or rebecca.tillson@portlandoregon.gov, or go to www.portlandoregon.gov/GreenStreets

Thank you for your cooperation during this important green street project.

Sincerely,

Becky

Becky Tillson

Community Outreach and Information

City of Portland Environmental Services

1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000, Portland, Oregon 97204

Phone: 503-823-2827 l Cell Phone: 503-823-6615

Email: Rebecca.Tillson@portlandoregon.gov

Working for clean rivers

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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes.