May 17, 2013
UPDATE: Portland Heights Water Main Replacement Project
Final Paving Plan
Some area residents have expressed concern over the conditions of the streets impacted by construction on the city’s the Portland Heights Water Main Replacement Project. Engineers and inspectors from the Portland Water Bureau, Bureau of Transportation, and Bureau of Maintenance recently conducted an on-site assessment of the sections of SW Patton Road, SW Greenway Avenue and SW Montgomery Drive that have been, or are now undergoing, restoration.
The street assessment included comparing previous road condition ratings and pre-construction photographs and videos. The following are the conclusions of the assessments and the actions City bureaus will take to remedy these unsatisfactory conditions:
SW Patton Road Section
Restoring asphalt over the pipe trench will occur on SW Patton Road between SW Montgomery Drive and SW Greenway Avenue. Once the contractor has completed the trench restoration, the Bureau of Maintenance will assess the post-construction conditions and, if appropriate, perform a curb-to-curb pavement replacement.
SW Greenway Avenue Section
The contractor has completed re-paving over the pipe trench on SW Greenway Avenue. The Bureau of Maintenance will make broader repairs to a small section of the lower portion of SW Greenway Avenue, near SW Patton Road.
SW Montgomery Drive Section
The contractor has completed pavement restoration over the trench on SW Montgomery Drive. The contractor will be repairing curbs that were damaged during project construction.
Typical construction work hours are 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday, with occasional work on Saturdays. The Portland Water Bureau apologizes for any inconvenience the street closures and detours may cause.
Your patience and cooperation are appreciated as we work to ensure the community’s water needs are met. For more information, contact Terry Black, Public Information, at (503) 823-1168 or email@example.com.
Construction began in July 2012. A contractor for the Portland Water Bureau will install approximately 3,500 feet of new 16-inch diameter ductile iron water main in SW Greenway Avenue and SW Montgomery Drive and to replace an existing aging, leaky 12-inch steel main. Some sections of the old pipeline have been in the ground since 1904. The new pipeline will connect to the existing Portland Height water storage tanks on SW Greenway Avenue at SW Talbot Road. This project will include work to replace several sections of aging sewer lines.
The other work areas are:
- SW Greenway Avenue, from north of SW Talbot Road north to SW Patton Road
- SW Patton Road, between SW Greenway Avenue and SW Montgomery Drive
- SW Montgomery Drive, from SW Patton Road to SW Lower Drive
The contractor will use an open trench pipe laying method with a rolling work zone to install the up to 20 foot sections of pipe. This work may coincide with improvements scheduled for the city’s Portland Heights Pump Station, also located near the storage tanks. The pipe project is slated to take about seven months to complete.
There will be regular construction noise associated with this project, including machinery and large trucks working in the roadway. Pipe installation in front of a given house will generally last from one to two days, depending on weather conditions. There will be street parking restrictions, road lane closures, and traffic delays during the course of construction. The Water Bureau will work with affected residents to provide assistance with any necessary special accommodations. Water service will not be affected by this work.
The Water Bureau and its contractor will maintain a traffic management plan approved by the Portland Bureau of Transportation. This will include traffic control signage, skilled flaggers and safety barriers as required. At least one traffic lane for two-way traffic on all affected roadways will be maintained during work hours, controlled by flaggers. All traffic lanes will be open when no work is underway.
Construction activity will normally take place during weekdays (and possibly some Saturdays) from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. If construction activity is required outside of normal working hours, the Portland Water Bureau will notify affected residents.
For information about this project, contact Terry Black, Public Information, at 503-823-1168.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as the Portland Water Bureau works to improve the city’s century old water system.