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TRAFFIC ADVISORY 02/23/16: Traffic Impacts SE 82nd Avenue between SE Morrison and SE Yamhill Streets on Wednesday, Feb. 24

By Teresa Black Add a Comment

The Portland Water Bureau will be installing a new water main in SE 82nd Avenue between SE Morrison Street and SE Yamhill Street on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Traffic controls and flaggers will be in place directing vehicles through the construction site.  

Drivers traveling both northbound and southbound on SE 82nd Avenue (OR213) can expect slowing and minor delays as lanes will need to be adjusted to accommodate construction equipment and vehicles.

Drivers travelling north and southbound on SE 82nd Ave will not be allowed to turn east bound onto SE Yamhill Street and SE Morrison Street. Additionally, SE Yamhill Street and SE Morrison Street will be closed to through traffic at SE 82nd Avenue.

Travelers are urged to drive slowly in the area under construction and to obey all flaggers and traffic control signs.

Earthquake Proofing Portland’s Water

By Jaymee Cuti Add a Comment

On Feb. 18, Portland Water Bureau’s Chief Engineer Teresa Elliott was interviewed on Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily radio show, Think Out Loud.

Hosted by Dave Miller, the conversation focused on how the Water Bureau is strengthening the water system’s seismic resilience, and ensuring we can continue to deliver high-quality, safe, and reliable drinking water at all times – even after The Big One.

Teresa discussed several critical construction projects the Water Bureau has in the pipeline, including burying a large water conduit deep under the Willamette River to ensure an uninterrupted water supply to the west side of the city. She also described how we’re replacing 100-year-old pipes throughout the city and working to strengthen in-town reservoirs, which provide vital storage for drinking water — as well as the water firefighters depend on.

While the Water Bureau can’t predict when a disaster will strike, we want the public to know that when it does, we are working hard to be ready and able to provide high-quality, safe and reliable drinking water to nearly a million people — just like we do every day.

“We’ve been working on projects to get ready for the earthquake for about 20 years. We’re working on a series of projects to replace aging infrastructure to make them so that they’re more able to deal with a seismic event right now,” Teresa said.

Take a listen to the Talk Out Load conversation here:

Portland Water Bureau Senior Engineer Tim Collins was interviewed for an Oregon Field Guide segment that will air at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 18.

Producer and host Ed Jahn filmed inside the Bull Run Watershed for a story about the Water Bureau’s work on earthquake resiliency. The segment will highlight several of the Water Bureau’s projects that prepare our city for The Big One.

Click here to watch:

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 02/18/16: Water Main Work Performed Sunday along SE 82nd Avenue - Delays Expected

By Jaymee Cuti

PORTLAND,  OR- Portland  Water  Bureau  crews  are  installing new water main on SE 82nd Avenue between SE Morrison to SE Yamhill streets from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.

Traffic controls and flaggers will be in place directing the traveling public safely through the construction site. Delays are expected.

The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.

Fix it Fair - Feb. 20 at George Middle School

By Lindsay Wochnick Add a Comment

Drip, drip, drip…  Is that the leaky faucet again? Leaks mean water and money down the drain, but it can be intimidating to know where to start to fix the problem. Maybe it’s time to attend a Fix it Fair! 

Fix-It Fairs are free events designed to help you create a healthy home while saving you money and connecting you to helpful resources in your community. At the Fix-It Fair you will find workshops, ongoing exhibits, free professional childcare, free lunch, great giveaways, and hourly door prizes! Topics include weatherizing your home, water and energy savings, food and nutrition tips, gardening information, home repair and more! And there’s no need to register – just show up! 

While at the Fix-It Fair, you can attend a free workshop by the Portland Water Bureau to learn where your drinking water comes from and ways to use it resourcefully.  We’ll also demonstrate some easy home repairs and modifications you can make to save water. Free water conservation kits* will be available on site. Mark your calendar for the February Fair:

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
George Middle School
10000 N Burr Ave, Portland, OR 97203

* FREE water conservation kits are also available at the Water Bureau’s first floor customer service center at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in downtown Portland (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday). Water Bureau customers can get information anytime by calling 503-823-4527 or e-mailing

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 02/16/16: Night Work on SW Macadam Avenue Scheduled February 16-19; Traffic Impacts Expected

By Jaymee Cuti Add a Comment

As part of the Hannah Mason Pump Station construction project, crews overseen by the Portland Water Bureau will be working on SW Macadam Avenue near the intersection of SW Nevada Street on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, February 16-19.

To minimize traffic disruptions, work will begin each night at 8 p.m. and be completed by 5 a.m. the next morning.

During construction, SW Macadam Avenue will remain open in both directions but traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction and some turning movements could be restricted. As with any construction project, safety is our first priority. 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.

Crews will do their best to position equipment to reduce noise in the neighborhood. For more information about nighttime work and noise, visit the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Noise Control Program webpage, call the hotline at 503-823-7350, or e-mail

Project Information
The Hannah Mason Pump Station is being built to replace the aging Fulton Pump Station on SW Nevada Street. Work began in March 2015 and will continue into fall of 2016. The Portland Water Bureau is working closely with Portland Parks & Recreation and other local agencies to coordinate this project with ongoing operations and other projects in the area. The Water Bureau will keep neighbors, local businesses, and other stakeholders updated as work progresses. For more information, visit