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Richmond-South Tabor Project

Updated August 17, 2018

Button. Click to sign up for email updatesEnvironmental Services continues construction on a project in the Richmond and South Tabor neighborhoods, plus a block in Creston-Kenilworth, to repair or replace about 10,300 feet, or 2 miles, of public sewer pipes that are on average 90 years old and deteriorating due to age. The project includes replacing manholes, storm drains sewer service branches that connect homes and businesses to the public sewer in the street to the curb.

Together these improvements will increase public sewer capacity, protect public health, property and the environment, and reduce the risks of street flooding and sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.

Richmond-South Tabor Current Construction Map

Construction Schedule

Work on each block will be conducted in multiple phases with periods of inactivity between each phase, typically ranging from a few days to a few weeks. Please be aware that schedules are also subject to change due to a variety of factors, including conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts and subcontractor and materials availability.

Week of August 20:

Crews are scheduled to conduct manhole and paving restoration at various locations project wide.

Week of August 27:

Crews are in various stages of repairs, replacement, or paving restoration of sewer mainlines and/or sewer connections to properties at the following locations:

  • Near the intersection of SE Division Street and 70th Avenue
  • SE 70th Avenue between SE Clinton Street and SE Taggart Street
  • SE Franklin Street between SE 54th Avenue and SE 55th Avenue

Crews will continue to conduct manhole and paving restoration at various locations project wide.

To learn more about the project’s construction methods, visit:

Paving: Did You Know?

Paving performed by Environmental Services is limited to replacing areas of roadway disturbed by construction. This means patching trenches we excavate to install sewer pipe, perform spot repairs or install cleanouts.

Occasionally, the footprint for sewer replacement work can become larger due to underground conditions or other circumstances. In those cases, the scope of our paving grows, as needed, to produce a structurally sound and functional roadway – not to address previous wear and tear such as pre-existing potholes or cracks. Our crews take photos of all streets, curbs, driveways, retaining walls and sidewalks before construction to document pre-construction conditions.

What to Expect During Construction

  • Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity.

  • Local access to all properties will be maintained, but construction activities may impact normal use of your driveway or entrance to your business.

  • You should expect traffic delays in and near the work area. Please observe traffic control signs and follow the directions of flaggers.

  • On‐street parking will be restricted in and near the work zones to create a safe work environment and to stage equipment and materials.

  • Some equipment and materials may be stored on your street or nearby streets overnight.

  • A city inspector will be on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with an immediate need during construction.

  • Sewer, water, and other utilities will remain in service during construction.  

Construction Locations and Methods

The current project design includes sewer construction only on the streets where work is indicated with bold lines on the project area map.

For More Information

The city will update neighbors at regular meetings of the Richmond and South Tabor Neighborhood Associations and smaller informational gatherings in the neighborhood. Click here for the next information session.

Contact Joe Tursi with questions and concerns by email or by phone at 503-823-5753. In your email and voicemail messages, please provide your property address and the project name (Richmond-South Tabor).

Throughout the project, we will be sending periodic email updates on the schedule, possible traffic detours, delays and lane restrictions. Please sign up now to receive updates by emailing

Please let us know if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues or medical or business deliveries. We will be glad to work with residents and businesses.

Project Overview

Including the project description, map and schedule

Community Outreach

Check out upcoming public meetings, and current and previous communications about the project