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Lower Powell Green Street and Sewer Repair Project Update: May 5, 2016

Work has started on an Environmental Services project to replace and repair 4,508 feet of aging sewer pipe. The work includes constructing 22 green street planters and planting trees to absorb rain and reduce stormwater runoff. The project will keep about 1.6 million gallons of stormwater out of sewers annually, increase sewer system capacity and reduce basement backups.

Lower Powell Green Street and Sewer Repair Project Update: May 5, 2016

Work has started on an Environmental Services project to replace and repair 4,508 feet of aging sewer pipe. The work includes constructing 22 green street planters and planting trees to absorb rain and reduce stormwater runoff. The project will keep about 1.6 million gallons of stormwater out of sewers annually, increase sewer system capacity and reduce basement backups.

DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE

This week crews have focused on trench restoration of SE 8th and 10th Avenues

  • Some areas require restoring trenches with concrete. After the concrete is poured into trenches, metal sheets will be placed over the wet concrete to allow vehicles to use the road. The metal sheets will be removed after the concrete cures or hardens for about a week.
  • After completing trench restoration on SE 8th and 10th avenues crews will restore trenches on SE 25th Avenue.

Beginning next Monday, May 9, sewer construction on Powell Boulevard will close the northbound SE 17th Avenue Ramp all hours all days for up to 50 days

  • Environmental Services will be upsizing sewer pipe and constructing manholes on the north side of SE Powell Boulevard between SE 13th Place and SE 14th Avenue.
  • During this phase, the contractor will close the northbound ramp and detour northbound traffic to SE Mcloughlin Boulevard.
  • Northbound buses will use SE Center Street to Milwaukie Avenue as an alternative route to Powell Boulevard. The closure will not affect pedestrian and bicycle traffic or southbound traffic.
  • For more information and to view a map of the detour go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/542389.

Sewer construction on SE Franklin between SE 9th and 11th avenues is scheduled to begin next Thursday, May 12

  • Crews will begin installing new public sewer infrastructure beginning at the intersection of SE Franklin Street and 11th Avenue and working west toward SE 9th Avenue.
  • This phase is part of a larger effort by the Environmental Services to provide properties with independent, direct connections to the public sewer.

CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE UPDATES

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.

Week of May 9

  • SE 10th Avenue (Rhine to Brooklyn Park) – concrete trench restoration
  • SE 25th Avenue (Holgate to Reynolds) – asphalt trench restoration
  • SE Powell Boulevard (13th Place to 14th Avenue) – manhole, mainline, and sewer lateral construction
  • SE Franklin (9th to 11th avenues) – manhole, mainline, and sewer lateral construction

Week of May 16

  • SE Powell Boulevard (13th Place to 14th Avenue) – manhole, mainline, and sewer lateral construction
  • SE Franklin (9th to 11th avenues) – manhole, mainline, and sewer lateral construction

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION

  • With the exception of night work, construction hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The contractor may also schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays.
  • Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity.
  • The contractor will maintain local access, but construction may impact normal use of your driveway or entrance to your business.
  • You should expect traffic delays in and near the work area. Please observe traffic control signs and follow the directions of flaggers.
  • On‐street parking will be restricted in and near the work zones to create a safe work environment and to stage equipment and materials.
  • There may be periods of inactivity between construction phases due to a variety of factors including weather, subcontractor schedules, and availability of materials.
  • A city inspector will be on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with an immediate need during construction.
  • Sewer, water, and other utilities will remain in service during construction.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/LowerPowell or contact Matt Gough at 503-823-5352 or matthew.gough@portlandoregon.gov.

Please let us know if you have comments or concerns about business operations, medical issues or deliveries and we will be glad to work with you.

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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

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Naito Parkway is Transformed: One northbound lane will be opened to two-way walking and biking for next three months

Will provide a safe place to travel for the 15,000 people per day attending events at Waterfront Park during festival season. The largest temporary street transformation in America – both in size and duration. For public safety, speed limit on Naito Parkway will be reduced to 20 mph for the project’s duration.

View this release online: http://bit.ly/1rShLUv

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Dylan Rivera 503-823-3723

Dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

Portland Bureau of Transportation

@PBOTinfo

NEWS RELEASE:

Naito Parkway is Transformed:
One northbound lane will be opened to two-way walking and biking for next three months

Will provide a safe place to travel for the 15,000 people per day attending events at Waterfront Park during festival season

The largest temporary street transformation in America – both in size and duration

For public safety, speed limit on Naito Parkway will be reduced to 20 mph for the project’s duration

(May 3, 2016) – Commissioner Steve Novick, Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat and representatives from Better Block PDX and seven festivals and events taking place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park this summer gathered at Salmon Street Springs this morning to inaugurate the 2016 Better Naito Pilot Project.

The Better Naito Pilot Project, a partnership between Better Block PDX and the Portland Bureau of Transportation, creates a safe way for people to get to and around Portland’s summer of festivals at Waterfront Park. The project was first piloted in June 2015 during the two weeks of Rose Festival City Fair and returned for the Oregon Brewers Festival the same year.

This year’s iteration of Better Naito, which will open one northbound motor vehicle lane to a two-way walking and biking facility nearly a mile long, is the largest temporary street transformation to take place in America in both its size and duration.

Data collected during the 2015 Better Naito found that during non-peak hours, motor vehicle travel times were not significantly affected. Morning and evening rush-hour motor vehicle traffic was delayed by less than a minute throughout the area. The report by Better Block PDX can be found on the Better Naito website: www.betternaito.com

As a result of Better Naito 2015’s success, the Portland Bureau of Transportation is granting Community Event Permits to the festivals and events taking place at Waterfront Park. The organizations will implement placemaking features along the Better Naito corridor and create a physically separated space for people walking and biking in order to help everyone safely and comfortably access the waterfront.

“Safety is the highest priority behind every PBOT project. After a successful pilot period last year during the Portland Rose Festival, I am delighted that Better Naito will return for the safety of the thousands of people biking and walking to the waterfront this summer,” said Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees PBOT.

Transportation Director Leah Treat said, “Summer in Portland is all about people getting outside and taking to the streets to experience our city in creative and fun ways. Better Naito exemplifies that spirit and we are thrilled to have it for three months this year.”

“Better Naito is a living demonstration of how we can make Naito Parkway a better space for people,” said Gwen Shaw, a Better Block PDX Volunteer, “The design is temporary, but the concept is permanent.”

The Portland Rose Festival was the first organization to pilot Better Naito in 2015 and is returning again as a major supporter of the project. Rose Festival’s CityFair serves 25,000 to 30,000 people daily and generates more than $100,000 per day in revenue. As part of its placemaking within the Better Naito space, the organization will be creating a “living room experience” every Saturday and Sunday of CityFair, offering entertainment and activities in the space, such as chalk painting for kids.

"The Better Naito Project offers the Rose Festival safer and more inviting options for visitors to enter the CityFair and RoZone events at Waterfront Park," said Jeff Curtis, Portland Rose Festival Foundation CEO. "Pedestrian access along Naito will be much more protected and comfortable for families during all our opening hours."

A special edition of Better Naito will be added from July 1 to July 4 to accommodate people traveling to or around the Waterfront Blues Festival at the southern end of Waterfront Park. Owned and operated by Oregon Food Bank, the Waterfront Blues Festival is Oregon Food Banks’s single largest fundraising event and the largest blues fest west of the Mississippi. Since 1988, the festival has raised over $10 million and 2 million pounds of food for individuals in Oregon and SW Washington.

Said Oregon Food Bank’s CEO, Susannah Morgan, “As the owner-operator of Waterfront Blues Festival, Oregon Food Bank supports this plan because it promotes public safety and enhances access to Portland’s waterfront events for everyone.”

Portland’s new bike share program, BIKETOWN, will also participate in Better Naito from July 8 to 25. The program will use space on Better Naito as an open-air office to showcase its smart bikes and for people to sign up for membership.

“Well-designed, inviting infrastructure is a great complement to bike share systems,” said Dorothy Mitchell, general manager of BIKETOWN. “We’re pleased to support Better Naito, which will make our waterfront a great place to walk and ride this summer. We’ll be there offering a sneak preview of BIKETOWN and letting folks take our new orange bikes for a spin."

From May 2 to July 31, 24 hours a day, one northbound travel lane of SW Naito Parkway from SW Main Street to NW Davis Street (an almost 1-mile-long distance) will be opened for two-way walking and bicycling. Additionally, from July 1 to July 4 ONLY, the lane conversion will extend from SW Clay Street to NW Davis Street to accommodate people traveling to or around the Waterfront Blues Festival at the southern end of Waterfront Park. As part of the lane conversion and to make Naito Parkway safer for all users, the speed limit will be reduced to 20 mph for the length of the project.

The events and organizations participating in Better Naito 2016 are: Cinco de Mayo, Better Block PDX, the Portland Rose Festival, Portland Pride, the Waterfront Blues Festival, BIKETOWN Portland Bike Share and the Oregon Brewers Festival. Travel Portland, the Portland Police Bureau, Portland Fire & Rescue and Portland Parks & Recreation are also Better Naito partners.

Summer events at Waterfront Park have become so popular that they draw, on average, 15,000 people a day to the waterfront. Better Naito follows in the historic footsteps of other Portland public space transformations in the same location. In 1974, Portland demolished the Harbor Drive expressway and replaced it with Waterfront Park - 36 acres of tree-filled public space voted one of America’s ten greatest public spaces by the American Planning Association in 2012.

All participating Better Naito organizations have obtained Community Event permits from PBOT which require them to implement placemaking features along the Better Naito corridor and to create a physically separated space for people walking and biking in order to help everyone safely and comfortably access the waterfront.

View photos from the event on PBOT's Flickr page: www.flickr.com/photos/pbotinfo/albums/72157667925388915

The public is encouraged to comment on this pilot project by email, Twitter and a phone voicemail box set up to receive comments.

Twitter: #BetterNaito

Email: NaitoParkway@portlandoregon.gov

Web: www.betternaito.com

Leave a message by phone: (503) 823-4321

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About the Portland Bureau of Transportation:

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

About Better Block PDX:

In the tradition of the Better Block Project, the open source Better Block PDX has come together to create inviting and interactive places that challenge the notion that streets are only for cars. Join us as we gather people to experience their city in attractive, engaging new ways long thought impossible. www.betterblockpdx.org

About Cinco De Mayo:

Portland's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is the largest multicultural festival in the state of Oregon and is held at beautiful Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Oregon. Now in its 32nd year, the festival is presented by the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association (PGSCA). www.cincodemayo.org

About the Rose Festival:

The opening day of the Portland Rose Festival is one of the first signs of summer. People come from far and wide to revel in the variety of culturally rich events happening during the months of May and June. Whether you are craving cotton candy and a spin on the CityFair Ferris wheel, want to dance your cares away at a RoZone Concert, or bask in the sun as amazing, all-floral floats drift through downtown in the Grand Floral Parade, there is an event for festival lovers of any age.

Today's major Rose Festival events continue to offer myriad opportunities to congregate and celebrate. They include Rose Festival CityFair, an urban entertainment fair and carnival and three distinctive parades; the Starlight Parade, (300,000 attendance) a fun and funky nighttime event; the Junior Parade, (50,000 attendance) a kid-centric procession; and the Rose Festival's cornerstone, the Grand Floral Parade, which brings 400,000 to the streets of Portland, many of whom camp overnight to await the annual extravaganza. CityFair serves 25,000 to 30,000 people daily generating more than $100,000 per day in revenue. It is estimated that the Rose Festival generated $97.25 in direct spending by each visitor that attends the Portland Rose Festival. www.rosefestival.org

About Portland Pride:

The Portland Pride festival is the single, largest visibility avenue for the region’s LGBTQ community organizations and businesses, where they can attract new supporters and clients, increase their volunteer base, and raise much needed funds. In addition, the festival attracts thousands of visitors to Portland each year, bringing significant revenue to the local LGBTQ business community and to the city, as a whole. www.pridenw.org

About the Waterfront Blues Festival:

The Waterfront Blues Festival is a unique, internationally recognized music festival focused on the blues. Owned and operated by Oregon Food Bank, the Waterfront Blues Fest is OFB’s single largest fundraising event and the largest blues fest west of the Mississippi. Since 1988, the festival has raised over $10 million and 2 million pounds of food for our neighbors in need. If hunger were a disease, it would be considered an epidemic because 1 in 5 individuals in Oregon and Southwest Washington struggle with getting enough to eat. Oregon Food Bank is grateful to our sponsors, longtime attendees and more than 2,000 volunteers for making this event possible. www.waterfrontbluesfest.com

About BIKETOWN Portland Bike Share:

BIKETOWN bike share is a public bike rental system for short trips from point A to point B for a small fee. It's like transit and bike rental got together to give residents and visitors a convenient and fun transportation option. BIKETOWN, a partnership between the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Nike, will offer 1000 bikes, at 100 stations, giving residents and visitors an active, easy and accessible way to get around Portland. BIKETOWN launches this July. www.BIKETOWNpdx.com

About Oregon Brewers Festival:

One of the nation's longest-running craft beer festivals, the Oregon Brewers Festival is considered a destination, and 80,000 craft beer lovers annually make the pilgrimage to Beervana to drink up what the festival has to offer. www.oregonbrewfest.com

Hannah Schafer

Communications Specialist

Portland Bureau of Transportation

1120 SW 5th Avenue 8th Floor, Portland OR 97204

(503) 823-7248 | c: (503) 823-8656

hannah.schafer@portlandoregon.gov

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NW Hermosa Sewer Repair Project Update: April 29, 2016

Environmental Services is working on a project to repair 100-year old sewer pipes along NW Hermosa Boulevard between NW Macleay Boulevard and NW Monte Vista Terrace. Since the project began in late March, crews have installed six manholes and repaired laterals that connect properties to the sewer. Crews are replacing stormwater inlets and inlet pipes that connect to the combined sewer system. Next crews will repair over 550 feet of public sewer main in the street.

NW Hermosa Sewer Repair Project Update: April 29, 2016

Environmental Services is working on a project to repair 100-year old sewer pipes along NW Hermosa Boulevard between NW Macleay Boulevard and NW Monte Vista Terrace. Since the project began in late March, crews have installed six manholes and repaired laterals that connect properties to the sewer. Crews are replacing stormwater inlets and inlet pipes that connect to the combined sewer system. Next crews will repair over 550 feet of public sewer main in the street. The pipes are in poor condition and need to be repaired to protect water quality, public health and the environment.

More information and an area map is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/NWHermosa.

WHAT WE’VE HEARD FROM YOU

Please email questions or concerns to Ashley Tjaden or call Ashley at 503-823-5281.

DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE

  • Crews have installed all six manholes as well as lateral pipes that connect properties to the sewer.
  • Work will continue on stormwater inlets through early May.
  • Our contractor is scheduled to do the pipe lining repairs the first week of May. You may notice an odor during the pipe lining process, but it will dissipate quickly. For more information on what to expect during pipe lining, see: www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/pipelining.
  • Crews will permanently pave trenches after pipe lining and testing.

Sewer Backups: Did you know?

To prevent sewer backups and protect pipes, only flush human waste and toilet paper. Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/WhatNotToFlush to see what happens when we flush products that don’t belong in the sewer. Wipes, disposable diapers and other products that claim to be flushable can block sewer pipes and cause sewage backups.

Thank you for your cooperation during this important project. Please let us know if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues, or medical or business deliveries. We’ll strive to provide quick responses to your concerns, minimal disruption near your residence or business, and open and clear communication with you throughout the project.

Ashley Tjaden

Community Outreach

City of Portland Environmental Services

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

Phone: 503-823-5281

Email: Ashley.Tjaden@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.

The City of Portland complies with all non-discrimination laws including Title VI (Civil Rights) and Title II (ADA). To request a translation, accommodation or additional information, please call 503-823-7740, or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service: 711

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Southwest Ventilation Project Update: April 29, 2016

An Environmental Services project to reduce sewer odors and increase capacity of the Southwest Parallel Interceptor sewer system is nearing completion. Since February 2015, the contractor has installed 1,000 feet of 24-inch concrete pipe and six manholes along SW Taylors Ferry Road, and 800 feet of 48-inch concrete pipe and three manholes along SW Virginia Avenue. Construction is nearly complete on the permanent odor control facility east of SW Taylors Ferry Road.

Southwest Ventilation Project Update: April 29, 2016

An Environmental Services project to reduce sewer odors and increase capacity of the Southwest Parallel Interceptor sewer system is nearing completion. Since February 2015, the contractor has installed 1,000 feet of 24-inch concrete pipe and six manholes along SW Taylors Ferry Road, and 800 feet of 48-inch concrete pipe and three manholes along SW Virginia Avenue. Construction is nearly complete on the permanent odor control facility east of SW Taylors Ferry Road.

More information is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/SWVentilation.

DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE

  • Sewer pipe construction is complete.
  • Environmental Services will begin testing the ventilation facility beginning in May.
  • The facility is anticipated to be fully operational by June 1.
  • City crews will plant native trees, shrubs, and an ecoroof at the facility as early as May.

Over the course of this project, many neighbors have contacted us to ask questions, report concerns, and provide general comments and feedback. Thank you for your involvement and cooperation during this important project. In the coming weeks, please expect a survey in the mail to evaluate our communication about the project.

Ashley Tjaden

Community Outreach

City of Portland Environmental Services

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204-3713

Phone: 503-823-5281

Email: ashley.tjaden@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.

The City of Portland complies with all non-discrimination laws including Title VI (Civil Rights) and Title II (ADA). To request a translation, accommodation or additional information, please call 503-823-7740, or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service: 711

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