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Environmental Services is constructing a project to repair up to 7,700 feet, or almost one and a half miles, of public sewers in the Portsmouth and University Park neighborhoods. Many of the existing sewer pipes are 80 years old and in deteriorating condition. This project is one of many that will protect the public and the environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.
Construction activities began in November 2018 and the entire project will take about a year and a half to complete. Depending on the location and construction method, work could last up to a month or more in one area.
N Willamette Blvd on private property
A spot repair (minor repair on a section of pipe). This work will take a couple of days, but crews will return in the future to line the entire pipe on the public sewer easement between N Willamette Blvd and N Amherst St.
N Willamette between N Menlo and N Wellesley
N Willamette Blvd Alley between N Fiske and N Olin
N Willamette Blvd Alley between N Fiske and N Haven
N Newman between N Stafford and N Amherst
Work schedules may fluctuate due to weather, conditions underground, traffic impacts, subcontractor schedules, and availability of materials. There may be periods of inactivity at each location.
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.
Beginning mid-November, you may see crews working in your neighborhood. Activities could include documenting pipe conditions via video cameras; 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.
Regular work hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 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 at night to complete work at the locations proposed on the map. Night work reduces traffic congestion, creates a safer work zone, and in some locations, will allow sufficient time for a new sewer pipe lining to harden.
The city’s goal is to keep businesses and residents informed before and during construction. The latest project information is available in several ways:
If you would like more information about the project or have questions and concerns you’d like to discuss, please call or email:
Community Outreach with JLA Public Involvement on behalf of Environmental Services
Please include your name, property address and project name (Portsmouth-University 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 "Portsmouth-University Park" in the subject line of your email. Click SIGN UP! to sign up for periodic email updates.
Including the project description, area map and contact information
Check out current and previous communications about the project