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Richmond-South Tabor Project

Updated February 15, 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

Developments of Note

We appreciate the continued patience of neighbors on streets where sewers have been repaired, and where paving and concrete restoration has not yet taken place.  Contractors are busy working to schedule paving subcontractors during stretches of dry weather. 

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.

Construction scheduled through to March 1:

  • Crews plan to repair the sewer mainline on SE Woodward between 60th and 62nd avenues.
  • On SE Franklin between Powell and Tibbetts, crews will be repairing the sewer mainline, service connections, and a manhole.
  • New service connections and a manhole will be installed on SE Franklin between 54th and 55th.
  • Spot repairs are scheduled on SE 41st Ave just north of Francis (in front of 3831, 3817, and 3803).
  • Crews will repair and install service connections on SE 41st Ave just north of Francis.
  • Crews plan to replace the sewer mainline on SE Rhine between 36th and 38th avenues.

To learn more about open trench construction, visit

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 Joe Tursi.

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

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