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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.
Construction is expected to be completed though the summer of 2019. For the remainder of the project, when additional crews are available, work may occur on Saturdays throughout the project area.
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.
We know that sewer construction disrupts normal daily routines and causes traffic delays. We ask that the traveling public please be patient, travel with extra caution, and watch for families and children walking and biking to Harriet Tubman Middle School on Flint and connecting side streets.
Environmental Services is coordinating with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), Harriet Tubman Middle School and Portland Police Traffic Division to maintain safe traffic flow in the neighborhood. You can help us maintain safety near the Harriet Tubman School Zone by using designated detour routes when traveling south from Russell to Broadway.
Thank your for your cooperation and patience during this important phase of construction.
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.
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.
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.
If you have questions and concerns you’d like to discuss, please call or email:
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