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SW Carolina Pump Mains Project - Phase 2

SW Carolina Pump Mains-Phase 2

March 10, 2014

The SW Carolina Pump Mains-Phase 2 project will start in May/June 2014, and construction will take approximately eight-nine months to complete. The contractor is Tapani Inc., a family owned and operated General Contractor with over 30 years experience in the construction field. Typical work hours will be 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday – Friday, with the option of working on Saturdays.

Tapani, Inc. will install 3,400 feet of new 24-inch diameter pipe from the intersection of SW Burlingame Avenue and SW Chestnut Street, north along SW Burlingame Avenue, then turn east on SW Burlingame Terrace down to SW Terwilliger Boulevard. Once on SW Terwilliger Boulevard, the construction will continue north until the traffic island at SW Capitol Highway where new underground vaults will be installed by Portland Water Bureau crews.

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While fairly straightforward, the project is expected to be challenging due to its neighborhood impacts. A deep five-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. One lane going each direction will be closed during this phase of the project.

No travel lanes will be closed on SW Capitol Highway and SW Terwiliger Boulevard during:

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On some streets, the work may require a temporary street closure to regular traffic during construction hours, typically from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Barricades for “Local Access Only” will be stationed. There will be some temporary inconvenience to street residents, such as equipment noise, dust and no street parking.  Every effort will be made to accommodate residents’ needs during this construction.

Under normal conditions, about 200 feet of pipe can be laid in a single day. Once the pipe work is completed, a crew will return to place permanent asphalt over the trench. Individual properties are not connected to this supply pipeline.  There will be no planned interruption of water service to the area.

One short section of the project nearSW Terwilliger Boulevard-- insideGeorgeHimesPark-- will involve boring under the pedestrian pathway up toSW Capitol Highway. The work will require a brief detour of the path. A safe detour route for pedestrians and bicyclists to get around this work zone has been identified.

A construction schedule will be posted as soon as it has been determined. This webpage will be updated at least monthly. Postcard updates will also be mailed on a regular basis.

For more information and questions, contact Terry Black at (503) 823-1168.



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