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Vault Construction Slows Traffic on SE Powell Blvd. at SE 147th Ave.

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A flagger keep traffic flowing safely.

Due to the construction of two large underground utility vaults on SE 147th Ave., traffic headed both east and west on SE Powell Blvd. may be slowed, or stopped briefly to allow vehicles to turn north onto SE 147th Ave., or to exit onto Powell Blvd. Currently underway, the work requires a 24-hour, seven day a week Local Access Only street closure of one block of SE 147th Ave. until June 2013. 

On this dead-end street, the work zone is near the corner, so three traffic flaggers must be stationed around-the-clock to allow residents, visitors and deliveries to safely come and go. The intersection is lighted at night for the safety of the flaggers.

One vault will contain a new water flow control valve being connected to an existing 48-inch diameter pipeline that serves the Powell Butte underground reservoirs. Once this water vault is completed, the contractor will move to the other side of the street to build another utility vault. This one will house an in-pipe four turbine hydropower system that will use the force of fast flowing water to generate clean, reliable and low-cost electricity. Portland is one of the first cities in the US to install this innovative in-pipe hydropower system. 

The Portland Water Bureau encourages motorists to use alternate routes away from the work zone to avoid any delays. The public’s patience and cooperation are appreciated as the Water Bureau works to upgrade the city’s century-old water system.

Tim Hall
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rhonda cramer

February 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Re: 147th and Powell project.

The "flaggers around the clock" rule - can you quote where it says that is a requirement.

The project is well marked, fenced and if "lighted at night" is plenty to warn drivers. What a waste of money having 3 people standing there for 24/7 for no reason.

If there's equipment working that's a different matter, but when the work has shut down? Let's be real and save some of our tax money??


Doesn't time fly

August 5, 2013 at 2:52 AM

I would like to agree that having people sit there when no construction is happening is really stupid. Add to that now adding photo radar vans and such, because people are not honoring the speed limit. Geese I wonder why, there is no construction going on, and no apparent reason / need or risk that qualifies a real need for the extra caution. Now add to that as usual here we are in August when the project is SUPPOSED to be done, and they are still out there. They should call Portland "the city that defies all logic, and doesn't work," Instead the city that works!

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