Phase 1 of the project was completed a month ahead of schedule.
August 30, 2013
Scheduled to start in Summer 2014, the second phase of the SW Carolina Pump Main Project will install a new pipeline to connect the Burlingame tanks and the Westwood tank, which will create connections between the Fulton Pump Station to the Carolina Pump Station. This work is slated to be completed by December 2014.
While fairly straightforward, the project is expected to be challenging due to its neighborhood impacts. A deep four-foot wide pipe trench will need to be dug through narrow, 10 to 12 foot wide residential streets. Once the project moves onto SW Terwilliger Boulevard, traffic impacts are expected to be significant since this is a major thoroughfare through southwest hills communities. The vault work in the traffic island on SW Capitol Highway will cause further traffic delays.
The Portland Water Bureau began construction in late August 2012 near the Burlingame Water Tank site on SW 10th Avenue, near SW Chestnut Street.
This project will meet a number of the water system goals by upsizing a portion of the existing 16-inch diameter pipeline that connects the current Fulton Pump Station to the three Burlingame tanks that will increase supply availability. The site work will increase reliability and versatility by installing seismic expansion joints in the pipes entering tank #4, and installing altitude valves on all of the tank inlet lines, which will promote system versatility.
This project requires “leap frogging” between the contractor and Water Bureau field crews making it necessary for the street to be unavoidably excavated and repaved multiple times. The second phase of this project is scheduled for completion by December 2014.
For information about this project, contact Terry Black, Public Information, at 503-823-1168.