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Powell Sewer Project

Button. Click to sign up for email updatesUpdated August 31, 2018

Environmental Services is continuing construction on the Powell Sewer Repair Project in your neighborhood. This project will replace and repair aging public sewer pipe ranging from 60 to 104 years old. Repairing and replacing aging sewer pipes protects water quality, public health and the environment.

Construction is expected to be complete in fall 2018.

Construction Schedule

Nighttime sewer construction is scheduled at two locations on Powell Boulevard September 12 and 13. 

  • Crews will be repairing sewer pipe near the intersections of Powell and Foster Road and Powell and 47th Avenue.
  • Crews will begin work at each location at 9:00 p.m. and continue until 6:00 a.m. the following morning.
  • Although this work is expected to be completed in one night, additional repairs may be identified during construction that will require additional nighttime construction.
  • Due to high traffic volumes on Powell Boulevard during the day, the Portland Noise Control Office granted Environmental Services a noise variance to allow overnight construction at this location.

The Powell Sewer Project is on track to be completed fall, 2018.

  • Trenchless sewer repairs using a method called Cured-in-Place Pipe-Lining (CIPP) will occur throughout the project area through September and early October.
  • Work in most locations is expected to take one to two days. More time may be required where spot repairs are needed or additional work is identified.
  • The map below show location where CIPP lining will occur in September, 2018.

Powell CIPP Locations

More about Trenchless Sewer Construction

Sewer construction to date has focused on replacing and repairing sewer pipes using methods involving excavation. Environmental Services is now performing sewer repairs in your neighborhood using a trenchless construction method called Cured-in-Place Pipe-Lining (CIPP).

Cured-in-Place Pipe-Lining (CIPP)

CIPP lining is a trenchless method that requires little or no digging and significantly less time to complete.  Work crews access the sewer from manholes to insert a flexible liner inside the old pipe. The liner is inflated with air and exposed to ultraviolet light (UV) to gradually cure and harden the liner. As the liner hardens, it forms a rigid, smooth surface that seals cracks and restores the pipe to near-new condition. For more details about CIPP, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/pipelining

2018 CIPP Lining Work Schedule

The Powell CIPP lining work is scheduled to begin this spring and all repairs are expected to be complete by winter 2018. Work in most locations is expected to take one to two days. More time may be required where spot repairs are needed or additional work is identified.

CIPP lining is highly weather dependent. For this reason, the contractor has been given a large window to complete lining repairs in your neighborhood.  CIPP lining activity will be low during wet months and increase during dry months. Residents near each location will be notified in advance of work.

For More Information

Contact Matt Gough 503-823-5352.

Please let us know if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues or medical or business deliveries. As always, we’ll strive to provide quick response to your concerns, minimal disruption of your residence or commercial business, and open communication with you throughout the project.