Vernon-Sabin-Alameda South Construction Update: May 9, 2014
Environmental Services is replacing 10,030 feet of public sewer pipes that are between 92 and 104 years old and in poor condition. The project will also construct 62 manholes, 38 storm drains, 955 feet of storm drain pipe, and 3,870 feet of service laterals to connect houses and businesses to the rebuilt public sewer. The replacement and repair of aging and failing pipes and other infrastructure 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/VSASouth.
DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE
- Final paving has been completed on the following streets:
- 22nd Avenue (South of Ridgewood)
- Alameda Street (26th to 28th)
- NE 30th Avenue (Siskiyou to Klickitat)
- NE 31st Avenue (Siskiyou to just south of Fremont)
- Crews will complete final paving of NE 31st Avenue just south of Fremont after constructing a manhole this summer.
- Temporarily paved areas on NE 20th Avenue (Ridgewood to Alameda) and NE Siskiyou (at 30th) will be restored with concrete.
- Sewer infrastructure work on Ridgewood Drive (24th to 25th) is in progress.
- Crews will begin installing new main sewer pipe on NE Hamblet Street (24th to 28th) this week.
WHAT WE’VE HEARD FROM YOU
- Several of you have asked when on-street parking will be returned and how long equipment and materials will be stored in areas under construction. In general, there are three phases of construction with periods of inactivity between each phase. Each phase can take a few days to a few weeks to complete depending on the street. Please feel free to contact us for specifics about your area.
- Phase 1 – Build new main public sewer pipe and patch trenches with temporary asphalt
- Phase 2 – Build lateral connections to homes and patch trenches with temporary asphalt
- Phase 3 – Final paving of roadway removed by construction
- The removal of on street parking and staging of equipment and materials will be necessary during each phase of construction. We understand that our presence disrupts normal daily life and will return on-street parking between phases if not needed. We are sensitive to the fact that we are visitors to your neighborhood and will re-evaluate our construction footprint regularly to limit our impact.
Below is a list of streets that are expected to be under construction over the summer. 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.
All three phases of construction (mainline, lateral, and final paving) are expected to be completed between June and September on the following streets:
- NE 23rd Avenue (Siskiyou to Klickitat)
- NE 24th Avenue (Fremont to Ridgewood) Note that work on 24th Avenue may be postponed until fall
- NE 26th Avenue (Klickitat to Fremont)
- NE 27th Avenue (Klickitat to Fremont)
- NE 27th Avenue (Fremont to Ridgewood)
- NE Fremont (25th to 36th Avenue)
- NE Fremont (28th to 30th Avenue)
- NE Fremont (manhole construction at 31st)
- NE Ridgewood Drive (26th to 28th Avenue)
- NE 29th Avenue (Fremont to Edgehill)
You will be notified a few days in advance of construction on your street. Please let us know if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues or medical or business deliveries.
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 safety vest and hard hat.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Also, please contact us with your questions or concerns at any time. 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.
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
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.