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St. Johns-Cathedral Park Sewer Repair

Button. Click to sign up for email updatesUpdated July 12, 2019

Environmental Services is constructing a project to repair or replace over 11,000 feet, or about 2 miles, of public sewers in the St. Johns and Cathedral Park neighborhoods. Many of the sewer pipes are about 80 years old and deteriorating due to age. This project will protect the public and the environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.

St Johns-Cathedral Park Construction Map

Construction Schedule:

Construction began mid-September 2018 and will take about a year to complete. Depending on the location and construction method, work could last up to a month or more in one area.         

Week of July 15: 

N Lombard Street between John Avenue and Lombard Way

  • Crews will restore the concrete TriMet bus pad on Lombard Street. Concrete pouring is scheduled for Monday, July 15. The concrete will take about four days to cure (harden). One lane of traffic will be open in both directions on Lombard, but there will be no parking on either side of the street for the week.
  • Sidewalk repairs will take place in several locations on the south side of Lombard Street on July 18- 19. The sidewalk should still be accessible, however.

 

Crews will use Cured-in-Place Pipe Lining (CIPP) to make minor repairs to lateral pipe connections at the following locations. Work at each location should take a day to complete.

  • N Columbia Boulevard west of Macrum Avenue
  • Sewer easement east of N Syracuse Street and Leavitt Avenue
  • N Lombard Street between Polk Avenue and Burr Avenue
  • N Willamette Boulevard between Richmond Avenue and Mohawk Avenue
  • Sewer Easement North of N Gilbert Street
  • N Ivanhoe Street west of Polk Avenue

 

Week of July 22: 

Paving will take place at the following locations weather permitting (Night work):

  • N Ivanhoe Street between John Avenue and Charleston Avenue. This will take up to three nights to complete.
  • N Fessenden Street west of Columbia Way. This will take one night to complete.
  • N Kellogg Street between Burr Avenue and Ida Avenue. This will take one night to complete.

Construction Methods

The city uses many construction methods to repair or replace sewer pipes. In your area, the city plans to use Cured-in-Place Pipe Lining (CIPP), Open Trench Excavation, and Pipe Bursting.  To learn more about each of these constructions methods and what can be expected during construction, go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/methods.

What to Expect during Construction

We have started some pre-construction activities and you may see crews working in your neighborhood. Activities could include documenting pipe conditions via video cameras; fencing off trees for protection; tree trimming; installing manhole steps; equipment use and storage; noise, vibration and dust; traffic delays, and parking restrictions. To learn more about what to expect during construction go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/constructionimpacts.

People who live and work near a CIPP repair project can sometimes smell a chemical odor during the lateral pipe-lining work. The odor is from the chemical styrene, which is in the resin liner installed inside the pipe. The odor dissipates quickly once the installation is complete. The amount of airborne styrene produced by the lining process is not expected to cause health issues for workers or the public. 

Water Use During CIPP Construction

Your water service should not be interrupted during the repair work; however, we request that you minimize your water usage because drainage into the sewer will be restricted and a back-up could occur in your home/business. Please do not run your dishwasher or washing machine and limit showers/baths until after the work is complete. 

Typical work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, but the contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays.

Residents and businesses should expect periods of inactivity between phases of work, ranging from a few days to a few weeks. In areas where the repair requires a trench, temporary pavement will be applied to the site until permanent pavement can be applied later. The duration of any period of inactivity depends on a variety of variables including underground conditions, weather, traffic impacts, subcontractor schedules, quality control tests, and availability of materials. In the event of a sewer backup, storm drainage problems or clogged catch basins, call 503-823-1700. 

To learn more about what to expect during construction go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/constructionimpacts.

Work Hours

Typical work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays as needed. The Portland Noise Office granted Environmental Services a Noise Variance to enable the City’s contractors to work as early as 5 a.m. on Lombard Street between John Avenue and Lombard Way.

Residents and businesses should expect periods of inactivity between phases of work, ranging from a few days to a few weeks. In areas where the repair requires a trench, temporary pavement will be applied to the site until permanent pavement can be applied later. The duration of any period of inactivity depends on a variety of variables including underground conditions, weather, traffic impacts, subcontractor schedules, quality control tests, and availability of materials. In the event of a sewer backup, storm drainage problems or clogged catch basins, call 503-823-1700. 

To learn more about what to expect during construction go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/constructionimpacts

 

Keeping You Informed

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

Jessica Pickul, JLA Public Involvement on behalf of Environmental Services
Community Outreach
Phone: 503-235-5881
Email: Jessica@jla.us.com

-or-

Debbie Caselton, Environmental Services
Community Outreach
Phone: 503-823-2831
Email: Debbie.Caselton@portlandoregon.gov

Please include your name, property address and project name (St. Johns-Cathedral Park) in your voicemail and email so we can provide you more details about what to expect in front of your property. Also, please write "St. Johns-Cathedral Park" in the subject line of your email. Click SIGN UP! to sign up for periodic email updates.


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