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Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

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Richmond-South Tabor Project

Updated October 22, 2018

Button. Click to sign up for email updatesEnvironmental Services is finalizing 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 included 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.

We appreciate the continued patience as the project comes to a close. Please keep your eyes out for a Post Construction Survey. Your project feedback is highly valued and serves as an important tool for our communication moving forward. You can also complete the survey online by visiting

The map below shows all the areas where are crews performed work for the Richmond-South Tabor Sewer Repair Project.

Richmond-South Tabor Construction Map

Construction Schedule

Pipe work for this project is complete! Crews are working throughout the project area on final pavement restoration, repairs, and clean up. Please be aware that schedules are subject to change due to a variety of factors, including conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts and subcontractor and materials availability.

Week of October 22 & 29:

  • Continue to conduct topsoil restoration, small scale repairs, and cleanup to properties throughout the project area.

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.  

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).

Thank you for your cooperation during this project. We appreciated your communication and look forward to reviewing your responses to our post-construction survey.

Project Overview

Including the project description, map and schedule

Community Outreach

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