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Eliot Sewer and Stormwater Project

Updated January 11, 2019Button. Click to sign up for email updates

Environmental Services continues 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. 

Developments of Note

For the remainder of the project, when additional crews are available, work will occur on Saturdays and in additional locations.

  • This project is expected to be completed in summer 2019.

Sewer Construction Update

Please be aware that schedules are subject to change due to a variety of factors, such as conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts, and subcontractor and materials availability issues.

For the rest January crews will focus on open trench sewer construction on NE Tillamook (MLK Jr. to 7th) and pipe-bursting sewer construction on Tillamook (Williams fo Rodney).

  • While not appropriate for all sewer construction locations, pipe-bursting takes significantly less time than open trench excavation with the same results.      Preparing for pipe bursting on any given block takes about a week and the actual pipe-bursting process takes one day, but is very loud. Go to to view  pictures and learn more about pipe-bursting and other construction methods. 

Night Work is expected to occur on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in multiple location as soon as mid-February. 

  • Century Link is currently relocating infrastructure to allow for sewer construction on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
  • Once Century Link has completed their work, crews will connect the new public mainline sewer to manholes on NE MLK Jr. at Brazee, Sacramento, and Thompson on both sides of the street for a total of six locations.
  • Work at each location will take 5 to 10 shifts to complete sewer construction and final trench paving. Shifts may not be consecutive. 
  • Residents will be notified once the night work schedule is firm. 

Beginning Monday, crews will be preparing for final trench paving on San Rafael (Rodney to MLK Jr.) and on Hancock (1st to 2nd).

  • Crews will remove temporary asphalt from trenches used for construction and apply a permanent patch in these locations.
  • Speedbump restoration on Rodney Avenue between Sacramento and San Rafael streets will also occur.


Sewer Progress

Traffic Impacts

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

Biking and walking near construction: Did you know?

When the street or lane is closed for construction, pedestrians and cyclists can almost always use the sidewalk, but should do so with caution. Sidewalks near construction zones can become unusually congested and awareness of your surroundings can help avoid accidents. Please take extra time to walk or bike past work zones. In addition, cyclists must avoid riding on closed roadways even if it looks like there’s enough room for a bike to navigate around construction. When construction takes place on a street with a bike lane, crews will post signs to guide cyclists. For an interactive map of safe walking and biking routes in the City, visit:

Night Work

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.

For more information

If you have questions and concerns you’d like to discuss, please call or email:

Matt Gough
Community Outreach
Phone: 503-823-5352

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


Project Overview

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