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SW Ventilation May 29: Weekend Work Confirmed; Project Update: May 29, 2015

Environmental Services is working on a project to reduce sewer odors and increase the capacity of the Southwest Parallel Interceptor sewer system to accommodate potential growth. The contractor is installing about 1,000 feet of 24-inch concrete pipe along SW Taylors Ferry Road, 800 feet of 48-inch concrete pipe along SW Virginia Avenue, and permanent odor controls east of SW Taylors Ferry Road.

Southwest Ventilation Project Update: May 29, 2015

Environmental Services is working on a project to reduce sewer odors and increase the capacity of the Southwest Parallel Interceptor sewer system to accommodate potential growth. The contractor is installing about 1,000 feet of 24-inch concrete pipe along SW Taylors Ferry Road, 800 feet of 48-inch concrete pipe along SW Virginia Avenue, and permanent odor controls east of SW Taylors Ferry Road.

Project information and a detour route is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/SWVentilation.

DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE

  • There will be continuous construction tonight (Friday, May 29) from 8:00 p.m. until construction is complete, no later than 6:00 a.m. Monday, June 1. For more information on traffic impacts, see “Traffic Control” section below. For a map see www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/SWVentilation.
  • The contractor also anticipates working the same weekend hours June 5 through June 8.
  • Expect delays. The city may close SW Taylors Ferry Road if construction makes vehicle passage unsafe. Please plan to use an alternate route.

WHAT WE’VE HEARD FROM YOU

  • Cemetery and Funeral Home visitors are considered “Local Access” and are permitted entry from the north on SW Taylors Ferry Road.
  • Motorists experienced traffic impacts during last Thursday’s unexpected closure, when a disruption to pipe installation occurred late Wednesday night. We received the suggestion to send a one to two sentence email to cell phone numbers in order to dispense urgent traffic alerts. The email is received as a “text message” from the email sender. Major mobile networks are capable of this, but message and data rates may apply. Please contact Ashley.Tjaden@portlandoregon.gov to be added to these traffic alerts.
  • Public utilities will not be interrupted during Environmental Services sewer construction. For water pressure and other water related questions, contact Portland Water Bureau https://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/article/398208
  • Please email sewer construction questions or concerns to Ashley.Tjaden@portlandoregon.gov, or call 503-823-5281.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION:

  • Due to weather events, unexpected underground conditions, and schedules with other utility construction projects, the contractor now projects the construction phase on SW Taylors Ferry Road to be completed by the end of July. Traffic signs containing dates will be changed and notification will be sent once the timeline is confirmed.
  • Motorists and bicycle riders should expect delays and consider detouring around the construction area.
  • Work is weather dependent. Bypass pumps move sewage around the section of pipe under construction. When it rains, stormwater runoff can increase flow beyond the capacity of bypass pumps, which can postpone construction.
  • A city construction inspector will be on-site during work hours, and may be able to assist you with an immediate construction need. Inspectors typically wear a City of Portland safety vest and a hard hat.
  • You may notice an odor during the pipe lining process but it will dissipate quickly (www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/methods).

TRAFFIC CONTROL

  • New traffic plan: SW Taylors Ferry Road is CLOSED beginning at 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 29. At 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning (May 30), flaggers will open one southbound lane. The northbound lane will remain closed between SW Macadam Avenue and SW Fulton Park Boulevard until construction is complete, no later than 6:00 a.m. Monday, June 1. Please plan to use an alternate route.
  • The City may need to completely close SW Taylors Ferry Road if construction makes vehicle passage unsafe.
  • Traffic signs for lane restrictions will be in place for your safety during construction. Detour signs will be taken down when the road reopens.
  • SW Taylors Ferry Road is closed during night work 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Monday through Friday see website for traffic detours around the construction zone (www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/SWVentilation).
  • Limit speeds to 30 mph when driving near the work zone during all hours, due to steel plates in the road and temporary pavement.
  • Please plan for delays and closures unrelated to sewer work, such as the Rose Festival which will close several streets this weekend. More info at http://www.rosefestival.org/parades/grand-floral-parade/event-info

CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE

Below is the estimated Southwest Ventilation and Capacity Improvement Project construction schedule for the next two months. Construction will move from one site to another as crews complete work on each segment. Night work is expected to continue until late July, and weekend work has been scheduled. Please be aware that this schedule is subject to change due to conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts, subcontractor schedules and availability of materials.

This weekend:

  • 24-hour weekend construction on SW Taylors Ferry Road for pipe installation May 29 through June 1

June:

  • Install pipe and manholes on SW Taylors Ferry Road
  • Continuous construction scheduled June 5 through 8
  • Up to four weekends, non-consecutive, weather permitting (subject to re-scheduling in July)
  • Set up bypass pipe
  • Sawcut and trench SW Virginia Avenue
  • Break up and dispose of pavement
  • Use Cured-In-Place-Pipe replacement (www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/methods)

July:

  • Install manholes on SW Taylors Ferry Road
  • Up to four weekends, non-consecutive, weather permitting
  • Set up bypass pipe
  • Sawcut and trench SW Virginia Avenue
  • Begin installation of 84-inch and 96-inch manholes on SW Virginia Avenue

NOISE VARIANCE

The Portland Noise Control Office granted Environmental Services a noise variance for overnight construction. There will be night work on SW Taylors Ferry Road from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. There will be work 24-hours for up to four non-consecutive weekends. Weekend construction hours will be 8:00 p.m. on Fridays to 6:00 a.m. on Mondays. If you have questions or concerns during night work, you can call the City of Portland on-site hotline at 503-823-6659. You can also contact the Portland Noise Control Office at 503-823-7350 or noise@portlandoregon.gov. If you have questions or concerns about the project during regular business hours, please contact Ashley.Tjaden@portlandoregon.gov or at 503-823-5281. Environmental Services will also forward any noise-related comments to the Noise Office.

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. As always, we’ll strive to provide quick response 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 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.

ü To receive email updates for this project, send an email to ashley.tjaden@portlandoregon.gov with “SW Ventilation” in the subject line.

ü If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please email me with “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Thank you.

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on Swan Island’s N Channel Ave this weekend

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on Swan Island’s N Channel Avenue from Dolphin St to Anchor Street, as well as N Ballast Street and N Commerce Street this weekend. The lane closures are in effect Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Diane Dulken 503-823-5552

diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

Portland Bureau of Transportation

@PBOTinfo

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

Street improvements to close lanes on Swan Island’s N Channel Ave this weekend

(May 28, 2015) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on Swan Island’s N Channel Avenue from Dolphin St to Anchor Street, as well as N Ballast Street and N Commerce Street this weekend. The lane closures are in effect Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to pave 1.76 lane miles. Access will be maintained for businesses during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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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

SW 86th Avenue Pump Station Project Construction Update: May 28, 2015

Environmental Services will complete construction of the SW 86th Avenue Pump Station by the end of 2015. The new pump station will increase capacity in the Fanno Basin Sewer System, ensure that the system can handle all wastewater flows during large rain storms, and protect public health and the health of the Fanno Creek Watershed.

SW 86th Avenue Pump Station Project Construction Update: May 28, 2015

Environmental Services will complete construction of the SW 86th Avenue Pump Station by the end of 2015. The new pump station will increase capacity in the Fanno Basin Sewer System, ensure that the system can handle all wastewater flows during large rain storms, and protect public health and the health of the Fanno Creek Watershed.

Developments of Note

  • Pre-construction activities have started on the manhole next to the Fanno Creek Trail across the creek from the Fanno Basin Pump Station. Activities for the next couple of weeks include, survey, removing dome structures, erosion control, and installing a temporary work fence. This work may also cause intermittent trail closures, and could also cause occasional sewer odor when opening the manhole.

A project map is available at: www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/sw86th

Sign up for project updates and project information at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/fanno, email fanno@portlandoregon.gov, or call Debbie Caselton at 503-823-2831.

Debbie Caselton
Community Relations
City of Portland Environmental Services
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503-823-2831 | Fax: 503-823-5228
Email: Debbie.Caselton@portlandoregon.gov

Working for clean rivers

Environmental Services works to protect water quality, 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.

 

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements for SE Ladd Avenue to close lanes, detour travelers June 1-9

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures and some detours on SE Ladd Avenue from SE Division Street to SE Hawthorne Boulevard from Monday, June 1 through Tuesday, June 9, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each week day.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Diane Dulken 503-823-5552

diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

Portland Bureau of Transportation

@PBOTinfo

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

Street improvements on SE Ladd Avenue to close lanes

from SE Division Street to SE Hawthorne Boulevard June 1-9

(May 28, 2015) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures and some detours on SE Ladd Avenue from SE Division Street to SE Hawthorne Boulevard from Monday, June 1 through Tuesday, June 9, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each week day.

The lane closures will allow crews to pave 1.78 lane miles of SE Ladd Avenue. The planned street improvements include repaving Ladd Circle.

During work hours, SE Ladd Avenue will be open only in one direction, to inbound travel. People traveling towards downtown by bus, motor vehicle and bicycle will be able to share the road during those hours.

For outbound travel, alternate routes will be available. Buses and motor vehicles will be detoured to SE 11th or 20th avenues. People traveling by bicycle may use those alternate routes or neighborhood streets.

During non-work hours, the street will be open to all travelers. Portions of the road will have a rough surface until paving is complete. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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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

Brookside Green Street Project Update: May 22, 2015

Environmental Services is designing two green street planters that will collect stormwater runoff from SE Foster Road that currently flows untreated directly into Johnson Creek. The project will protect public health and water quality in Johnson Creek. Construction on the Brookside Green Street Project should begin later this summer.

Brookside Green Street Project Update: May 22, 2015

Environmental Services is designing two green street planters that will collect stormwater runoff from SE Foster Road that currently flows untreated directly into Johnson Creek. The project will protect public health and water quality in Johnson Creek. Construction on the Brookside Green Street Project should begin later this summer.

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

WHAT WE’VE HEARD FROM YOU

After green street construction is complete, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will construct a sidewalk near the new green street on the south side of Foster Road to connect with the existing sidewalk. The sidewalk improvements will provide safe pedestrian access along that section of SE Foster Road.

DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE

In the coming weeks, crews will be taking soil samples in both green street locations and testing soil infiltration at the location of the green street planter on the north side of SE Foster Road. Sampling and testing will occur any time between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Crews will drill holes in the street pavement and take soil samples to help design engineers understand conditions that construction crews may encounter. The holes will be a few inches in diameter and crews will fill them immediately after they complete the drilling. Before drilling starts, crews will be in the area to locate and mark underground utilities by painting stripes on the streets and sidewalks or placing colored flags in the ground. Each color indicates what is buried below. Work at each location will last about one hour.
  • Following soil sampling, crews will drill a hole on the north side of SE Foster Road, fill it with water and measure how long it takes to infiltrate. Infiltration testing will take one day to complete.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

If you would like to receive email updates about this project, please send an email to Debbie.Caselton@portlandoregon.gov with “Brookside” in the subject line.

You may also refer to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/sustainablestormwater for more information on green streets and sustainable stormwater management.

Debbie Caselton

Community Outreach

City of Portland Environmental Services

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

Phone: 503-823-2831 | Cell Phone: 503-823-1243

Email: Debbie.Caselton@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.