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TRAFFIC ADVISORY 10/02/15: Two-Month Water Main Improvement Project on SE Flavel Street Begins October 5; Traffic Impacts Expected

By Lindsay Wochnick Add a Comment

During the week of October 5, 2015, a contractor overseen by the Portland Water Bureau will begin a two-month water main improvement project to replace aging infrastructure, increase fire flow capacity, and continue to ensure adequate and reliable water delivery to the Pleasant Valley neighborhood and surrounding community.

Water Main Improvement Project

Approximately 900-feet of 4-inch cast iron water main located under SE Flavel Street from SE Henderson Drive to SE 122nd Avenue will be replaced with approximately 400-feet of 12-inch ductile iron main and 500-feet of 8-inch ductile iron main. Additional water services will be installed and several new hydrants will be connected.

Crews are scheduled to work onsite Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Until the end of November 2015, motorists and bicyclists traveling east and west bound on SE Flavel Street from SE Henderson Drive to SE 122nd Avenue will experience traffic impacts, including lane detours, shifts, and traffic delays. Travelers are urged to use alternate routes and are reminded to drive slowly, exercise caution, and follow the direction of flaggers when traveling in and around the construction area.

As alternative routes of travel, utilize SE Foster Road and SE Mt. Scott Boulevard to SE Ridgecrest Road.  

For additional information on the project, visit

Lindsay Wochnick
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TRAFFIC ADVISORY: NW St. Helens Road Lanes will Close Saturday Morning for Water Bureau Work

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One lane of U.S. 30 will be closed in both directions west of Northwest Kittridge Avenue Saturday morning while City of Portland crews make repairs.

The lane closures on Northwest St. Helens Road will involve about 500 feet of road from 5 a.m. until 3 p.m. one day September 26. One lane in each direction will remain open.

Crews will be grinding and overlaying a section of road where a Portland Water Bureau water main break took place last February.

Travelers should use caution and look out for work crews when in the area Saturday morning.

Portland Water Bureau at Tilikum Crossing Sunday Parkways Event

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On Sunday September 27, the Portland Water Bureau will have a booth at the Tilikum Crossing/Sellwood Portland Sunday Parkways.  

The bureau’s booth will be at the Brooklyn School Park and offer information about the water system, water sources, water quality, and how to use water wisely.

The Water Bureau will also be providing access to tap water with the Water Event Station (WES).

This will be the last Sunday Parkways of the season! Say goodbye to summer and explore the new Tilikum Crossing Bridge of the People and the Sellwood area. This new route will include the Tilikum Crossing and circle the Sellwood area introducing participants to Westmoreland and Sellwood Parks plus Brooklyn School Park where music, food, and fun are waiting. Click here to see a map of the route and to learn more about what the event holds in store, see the event brochure

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Hope to see you there!  

MEETING NOTICE: Public Invited to Attend City Council Work Session on Seismic Resilience Projects

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Below are links to the presentation given by the Portland Water Bureau to the City Council during the work session as well as a link to a YouTube video of the entire work session.




Update on Portland Water Bureau Seismic Resilience Projects
Willamette River Crossing & Washington Park Reservoir Improvement Project

Portland City Hall
Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
9:30 a.m.

The Portland Water Bureau is committed to strengthening the seismic resilience of our water system. 

This fall, the Water Bureau will seek Council approval for construction and procurement contracts for two major seismic resilience projects: the Willamette River Crossing and the Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project.

In advance of seeking Council approval, the Portland Water Bureau will present an update on project design, cost estimates, and schedules at a City Council Work Session on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.

The Work Session is an opportunity for the City Council to discuss project details with bureau staff as the projects move from the design phase to contracting and construction.

While public comment is not taken at Council Work Sessions, stakeholders and the general public are welcome to attend.

Water Bureau’s First Woman Chief Engineer

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Photo by Sam Tenney, Daily Journal of CommerceWater Bureau Principal Engineer Teresa Elliott was appointed as the Portland Water Bureau’s Chief Engineer.

She holds the distinction of being the Water Bureau’s first woman in that role.

“I am honored to be the first woman in this role at the Water Bureau,” said Teresa. “I chose to dedicate my career to public service a long time ago and I lead by example. We have work ahead. This allows me to continue to guide and direct current projects and to continue the seismic resiliency work to make our water system safer and stronger for years to come.”

Click to read more about Teresa in the Daily Journal of Commerce.

Photo by Sam Tenney, Daily Journal of Commerce.