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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

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Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

MAILING ADDRESS: 1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

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Eliot Sewer and Stormwater Project

Updated August 31, 2018Button. 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. 

Waterline Relocation Work Schedule Update

Next week, the Water Bureau plans to connect recently relocated water lines on Williams Avenue between Sacramento and Tillamook Streets.

  • The Water Bureau will notify neighbors of any disruption in water service.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Nate Burton, Public Works Supervisor for the Water Bureau, at 503-823-8609.

Sewer Construction Update

In September, crews will be working on Rodney Avenue between Sacramento and San Rafael streets, and on Thompson Street between Rodney Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

  • Crews will focus on installing new public sewer connections from the main sewer line to the curb in front of each home.
  • The neighborhood can also expect other construction preparation activities throughout the project area including inspecting and cleaning sewer pipes, surveying, trimming trees, marking and relocating utilities, manhole maintenance, and crews bringing equipment and supplies to the project area. These preparation activities typically occur over time, and not all at once. To view photos and learn more about these activities go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/precon.
  • 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. 
  • Sewer, water, and other utilities are expected to stay in service during sewer construction.

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 www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/constructionimpacts.

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: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/39402.

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
Email: Matthew.Gough@portlandoregon.gov

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

Including the project description, map and schedule

Community Outreach

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