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Montavilla North Sewer Repair

Updated June 29, 2018 Button. Click to sign up for email updates

Environmental Services will soon begin construction on a project to repair or replace about 16,331 feet (over three miles) of 100-year-old public sewer pipes in the Montavilla Neighborhood, north of Stark Street, that are deteriorating due to age. The project will also install 15 new manholes, repair 72 manholes, and replace 221 public sewer connections to private properties. This investment in your neighborhood will ensure continued dependable sewer service and protect the public and our environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases to homes, businesses, and streets.


The map below shows the pipe work locations and construction methods for Montavilla North.

Project Map


The construction contractor for Montavilla North will be Landis & Landis. Construction is anticipated to begin in August 2018 and take about a year to complete. 

Another project in the Montavilla Neighborhood, south of Stark Street, will also be in construction. The two projects will be constructed separately by two different contractors. For more information about the Montavilla South project, click here.

Work Hours

The typical work hours for Montavilla North will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. If needed, the contractor can work the same hours on Saturday.

Environmental Services applied for and was granted a noise variance by the Portland Noise Office to allow open trench work and cured-in-place-pipe lining (CIPP) at the following locations:

  • four nights on E Burnside Street between SE 68th and 69th Avenues
  • three nights at the intersection of NE Halsey Street and NE 71st Avenue

A variance is required when work occurs outside normal construction hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. This includes all work after 6 p.m. and before 7 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and all hours on Sunday.

To report a concern about nighttime construction noise, call or email the Portland Noise Office at 503-823-7350.

Pre-Construction ActivitiesSurvey utility markings

As soon as mid-June, crews may be in the neighborhood preparing for construction:

  • Pipe and manhole inspections to verify conditions, which may potentially change construction methods at some locations
  • Tree trimming to protect trees from large equipment
  • Equipment staging and traffic control setup to secure safe work zones
  • Street pavement inspections to document pre-existing conditions
  • Utility locates to identify underground utilities

These activities typically occur over time, rather than all at once. To learn more and see photos, click here.

Construction Methods

The city's contractor may use several different methods of construction to replace or repair sewer pipes. This project will include cured-in-place-pipe lining (CIPP), pipebursting, and open trench excavation. After the contractor inspects the pipes to determine existing conditions, they may decide to change construction methods at some locations.

The project also includes replacing some manholes, storm drains, and sewer service laterals that connect homes and businesses to the public sewer from the sewer main line in the street to the curb.

To learn more about sewer construction methods and to view photos, click here.  

What to Expect during Construction

For more information about what to expect during construction, click here.

For More Information

If you would like more information about the project or have questions and concerns you’d like to discuss, please call or email:

Stefanus Gunawan
Community Outreach
Phone: 503-823-5759

If you have a concern or question about a pipe repair near you, please be sure to include your name, property address and project name (Montavilla North) in your voicemail and email so we can provide you more details about what to expect in front of your property. Also, please write "Montavilla North" in the subject line of your email. Click SIGN UP to sign up for periodic email updates about the schedule, construction activities, possible traffic detours and delays, parking restrictions, and other impacts.

Project Overview

Including the project description, map and schedule

Community Outreach

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