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Environmental Services is starting construction on a sewer repair and stormwater management project in the southern part of the Eliot neighborhood. We will upsize, repair or replace approximately 10,000 feet of deteriorating public sewer pipes that are 100 to 120 years old.
We will also construct 8 green street planters on public streets to reduce the amount of stormwater entering the combined sewer system in key locations. The green street planters built as part of this project will divert 1.9 million gallons of stormwater annually from the sewer system. Separating stormwater from sewer pipes reduces the risk of street flooding, basement sewer backups into homes and businesses, and overflows into our rivers during periods of heavy rain.
These improvements will protect public health, property and the environment.
Environmental Services continues to coordinate with the Water Bureau to replace and relocate waterlines that will conflict with sewer and stormwater construction.
Sewer and stormwater construction is expected to begin as soon as February 26. Crews will begin sewer construction on NE Rodney Street between NE San Rafael and Sacramento streets. The city’s contractor will provide notice to adjacent properties before construction begins in each area.
Traffic control plans approved by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will be implemented to create a safe work zone. Traffic control plans will vary depending on the type of work occurring and will include lane, intersection and road closures. If needed, detours will be put in place. Neighbors should expect traffic delays in and near the work area. Please drive or bike with caution when passing through work zones. Observe traffic control signs and follow the direction of flaggers if present. To learn more about what to expect during construction go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/constructionimpacts.
The Portland Noise Office has granted Environmental Services a noise variance to allow up to 52 nights of work outside of typical construction hours from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. at six locations. (see project map) There will be lights at each construction area and noise from construction equipment, vehicle and generators. Crews will use “smart alarm” backup beepers after 10:00 p.m. and all necessary saw cutting will end at midnight.
Working at night will speed the construction process as well as minimize traffic disruptions for heavily traveled roads. On average, 5 - 10 night shifts will be needed to complete work at each of the six intersections. Nights shifts may not be consecutive.
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