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Overlook Sewer Project Construction Update: March 12, 2014

Overlook Sewer Project Construction Update: March 12, 2014

Environmental Services is replacing or repairing about 17,000 feet of public sewer pipes that are between 60 and 90 years old and in poor condition. The city installed many of these sewers 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 sewers will 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/OverlookProject.

WHAT WE’VE HEARD FROM YOU

  • Many of you have expressed frustration about equipment, materials, and construction debris left on your street or in front of your home or business. The construction team is aware that we are visitors to your neighborhood and are redoubling our efforts to consolidate and remove debris in a timely manner as well as reduce our overall footprint. We appreciate your patience while this important work is completed.
  • Several of you have asked why previously-scheduled work has been postponed. The contractor strives to provide an accurate three-week look ahead but there are many things that can change the schedule including conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts, subcontractor schedules and availability of materials. Most recently, challenging soil conditions combined with heavy rains have slowed progress resulting in schedule revisions. The email update you receive is a reflection of what the contractor intends to complete over a three week period barring unforeseen circumstances.

DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE

North Greeley Avenue (Killingsworth to Holman)

  • Next week, crews are scheduled to begin installing lateral branches to connect homes and businesses to new main public sewer pipe.
  • Final restoration and paving has not been scheduled.
  • There will be some traffic disruptions when crews are working onGreeley Avenue. Drivers and bike riders usingGreeley should observe traffic control signs, and avoid work zones where possible.

Killingsworth Street (Greeley to Interstate)

  • The Portland Water Bureau is reconnecting water lines at the intersection ofKillingsworth Street andBurrage Avenue. The project will be completed in phases and is expected to take several weeks with periods of inactivity between each phase.
  • Preparation for a pipe-bursting operation onKillingsworth Street(Concord to Interstate) is scheduled to begin the week of March 17. Businesses and homes adjacent to the work zone will receive notice the day before the actual pipe burst.
  • There will be some traffic disruptions when crews are working onKillingsworth Street. Drivers and bike riders using Killingsworth should observe traffic control signs, and avoid work zones where possible.

BUSINESSES OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION

  • Please remember that businesses within construction zones are OPEN. If you are traveling to a business within the construction zone, you may see orange signs and barricades reading ROAD CLOSED to Thru Traffic – Local Access Only. The signs are intended to reduce overall traffic going through the area while construction is underway, but everyone living in or conducting business within the construction zone will be allowed access.

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.

The rest of this week

  • Greeley Avenue (Jessup to Holman) – branches to connect houses and businesses to main public sewer pipe
  • Wygant Street (Gay to west end) – open trench to place main public sewer pipe
  • Wygant Street (Gay to west end) – branches to connect houses to main public sewer pipe
  • Delaware Avenue (Killingsworth to Jessup) – asphalt preparation and restoration
  • Wilbur Avenue (Killingsworth to Jessup) – asphalt preparation and restoration
  • Atlantic Avenue (Killingsworth to Jessup) – asphalt preparation and restoration

Week of March 17

  • Killingsworth (Concord to Interstate) – dig access pits and additional preparation for pipe burst to replace main public sewer pipe
  • Greeley Avenue (Killingsworth to Jessup) – branches to connect houses and businesses to main public sewer pipe
  • Wygant Street (Gay to west end) – branches to connect houses to main public sewer pipe
  • Boston Avenue – branches to connect houses to main public sewer pipe
  • Blandena Street – branches to connect houses to main public sewer pipe
  • Burrage Avenue (Emerson toWillamette) – concrete preparation and restoration
  • Sumner Street(at Adidas campus) – concrete preparation and restoration
  • Atlantic Alley (Killingsworth to Jessup) – concrete preparation and restoration

Week of March 24

  • Killingsworth Street (Concord to Interstate) – dig access pits and additional preparation for pipe burst to replace main public sewer pipe, pipe burst to replace main public sewer pipe, and connect homes and businesses
  • Boston Avenue – branches to connect houses to main public sewer pipe
  • Blandena Street – branches to connect houses to main public sewer pipe
  • Burrage Avenue (Willametteto Killingsworth) – asphalt preparation and restoration
  • Willamette Boulevard (Greeley to west end) – asphalt preparation and restoration
  • Emerson Street (Greeley to Gay) – asphalt preparation and restoration

Week of March 31

  • Killingsworth Street (Concord to Interstate) – branches to connect homes and businesses to main public sewer pipe
  • Greeley Avenue (at Sumner) – manhole construction for main public sewer pipe
  • Emerson Street (Greeley to Gay) – asphalt preparation and restoration
  • Wygant Street (Gay to west end) – concrete preparation and restoration

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 creates noise, vibration and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity.
  • 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 is 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 is 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/OverlookProject. 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 ofPortlandEnvironmental Services

1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000

Portland,Oregon97204

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

Email: Matthew.Gough@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.