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Environmental Services is constructing the Sunnyside East Green Street and Sewer Project in the Sunnyside Neighborhood to repair, replace, or install 4,800 feet of sewer pipe. Some of the pipe being replaced is 100 years old and deteriorating due to age. Environmental Services will also add 16 green street planters and replace or plant 26 trees to remove 2.4 million gallons of stormwater from sewer pipes. These improvements will protect public health, property and the environment and reduce the possibility of sewage releases into streets, homes and businesses in the Willamette Watershed.
Green streets manage stormwater runoff from streets, add green space to neighborhoods and improve sewer system efficiency. The sewer and stormwater improvements will increase sewer capacity, manage stormwater more naturally, and reduce the risks of street flooding and sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets. Environmental Services installs and maintains the planters, and there is no cost to the adjacent property owners.
Schedule changes and periods of inactivity can happen during construction. Schedule changes occur due to a variety of factors, including conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts, subcontractor schedules and availability of materials.
Work can occur again in the same place even if it appeared to be finished. Inspectors review videos of pipes after they have been repaired. In some cases, they may not pass inspection and may need additional work to adjust and repair them.
Paving after sewer projects is limited to replacing areas of roadway removed for construction. Most often, this means patching trenches we excavate to install sewer pipe. Occasionally, the footprint for sewer replacement work can become larger due to underground conditions or other circumstances. In those cases, the scope of our paving grows, as needed, to produce a structurally sound and functional roadway – not to address previous wear and tear such as pre-existing potholes or cracks. City staff takes photos of all streets, curbs, driveways, retaining walls and sidewalks before construction to document pre-construction conditions.
Temporary pavement is used to patch trenches to make sure the street is useable as soon as possible. This temporary pavement can be rough and uneven, and it may remain in place for an extended period. Periods of inactivity ranging from a few weeks to a few months are common between completing repairs and final permanent pavement restoration. You may not receive notice of the permanent paving because it is based on unpredictable availability of subcontractors, materials, and appropriate weather.
Below are the anticipated construction activities over the next few weeks.
Week of November 5:
Week of November 12:
Week of November 19 (No work on November 22 – 24 for holiday):
Environmental Services will use an open trench excavation method for the sewer work on this project. Learn more about this method at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/methods.
We will be sending periodic email updates on the schedule, possible traffic detours, delays and lane restrictions. Please sign up now to receive updates by emailing Debbie.Caselton@portlandoregon.gov with "Sunnyside East" in the subject line. If you have questions, please email Debbie or call her at 503-823-2831.
Please let us know if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues or medical or business deliveries.