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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 February 15, 2018Button. Click to sign up for email updates

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. 

Waterline Relocation Work Schedule Update

Environmental Services continues to coordinate with the Water Bureau to replace and relocate waterlines that will conflict with sewer and stormwater construction.

  • Crews have completed waterline relocation work on Rodney and are now relocating waterlines on Brazee and Sacramento streets between Martin Luther King Boulevard and 7th Avenue.
  • After completing waterline relocation work in each area, the Water Bureau will perform a series of quality control tests and may identify the need for additional work. 
  • The neighborhood can also expect additional preparation activities throughout the project area including inspecting and cleaning sewer pipe, 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, rather than all at once. To view photos and learn more about these activities go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/precon.
  • The map below show where crews intend to work through March 2018. Please be aware that schedules are subject to change due to a variety of factors, such as condition underground, weather, traffic impacts, and subcontractor and materials availability. 

Sewer Construction Schedule Update

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 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.

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

For the latest newsletter, click here. If you would like more information about the project or 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.

 


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