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Overlook Sewer Project Construction Update: December 18, 2013

Overlook Sewer Project Construction Update: December 18, 2013

Environmental Services is replacing or repairing about 17,000 feet of public sewer pipes that are between 60-90 years old and failing due to age. The city installed many of these sewer pipes before 1920. The project also includes constructing about 9,100 feet of 6-inch sewer branch pipes that will connect homes and businesses to the new public sewer pipes. Replacing and repairing these public sewer pipes will help protect the public and the environment by reducing the possibility of costly breaks, leaks, blockages and sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.

A project map is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/394257.

DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE

  • Work is scheduled to begin on Blandena, Wygant and Boston later this month and into January. More detailed information will be provided to residents next week.
  • We have not scheduled work December 24, December 25 and January 1.
  • Matt Gough is now your primary contact for questions, comments and concerns regarding the Overlook project. You can reach Matt by phone at 503-823-5352 or by email at Matthew.Gough@portlandoregon.gov.

CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE

Below is the estimated Overlook sewer construction schedule for the rest of this week and the next three weeks. Construction will move from one site to another as work on each segment is completed. 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, among others.

The rest of this week:

  • Killingsworth Street (at Wilbur) – backfill access pit and manhole construction for main public sewer pipe
  • Killingsworth Street (at Greeley) – access pit work for main public sewer pipe
  • Emerson Street (Greeley to Gay) – branches to connect houses and businesses to main public sewer pipe

 

Week of December 23

  • Killingsworth Street (Greeley to Burrage) – microtunnel for main public sewer pipe. Note that work is scheduled for Saturday, December 28, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Killingsworth Street (at Greeley) – access pit work for main public sewer pipe
  • Killingsworth Street (at Burrage) – receiving pit work for main public sewer pipe. Note that work is scheduled for Saturday, December 28, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Emerson Street (Greeley to Gay) – branches to connect houses and businesses to main public sewer pipe
  • Emerson Street (at Delaware Avenue) – manhole construction for main public sewer pipe
  • We have not scheduled work December 24-25

 

Week of December 30

  • Killingsworth Street (Greeley to Burrage) – microtunnel for main public sewer pipe. Note that work is scheduled for Saturday, January 4, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Emerson Street (Delaware to Gay) – manhole construction for main public sewer pipe
  • Emerson Street (Greeley to Gay) – branches to connect houses and businesses to main public sewer pipe
  • Emerson Court (at Greeley) ) – manhole tie-in for main public sewer line
  • Boston Avenue and Blandena Street – dig access and receiving pit for main public sewer pipe. Note that work is scheduled for Saturday, January 4, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • We have not scheduled work January 1

 

Week of January 6

  • Killingsworth Street (at Burrage) – backfill receiving pit and manhole construction for main public sewer pipe
  • Killingsworth Street (at Greeley) – backfill receiving pit and manhole construction for main public sewer pipe
  • Killingsworth Street (Delaware to Greeley) –  branches to connect houses and businesses to main public sewer pipe
  • Emerson Street (Greeley to Gay) – branches to connect houses and businesses to main public sewer pipe
  • Boston Avenue and Blandena Street – microtunnel for main public sewer pipe

 

What to Expect During Construction

  • 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.
  • Construction will create noise, vibration and dust and will disrupt normal neighborhood activity.
  • Traffic control signs will be set up. The contractor will maintain local access, but you should expect delays.
  • On-street parking in or near the work area will be prohibited during construction hours. Please plan to move your vehicle by 7:00 a.m.
  • Equipment and materials may be stored on nearby streets overnight.
  • There may be periods of inactivity between construction phases.
  • A city inspector will be on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with construction concerns. Inspectors typically wear a safety vest and hard hat.
  • Please stay clear of all construction activities. Please keep your children from harm and instruct them to stay clear of all construction activities. We also appreciate your keeping pets and vehicles out of the construction areas.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/394257. To receive email updates for this project, send an email to Matt Gough at Matthew.Gough@portlandoregon.gov with “Overlook” in the subject line.

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.

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

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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.

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