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1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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Sunnyside North Green Street and Sewer Project

Updated May 15, 2020

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services is continuing our work to repair and replace critical sewer and stormwater infrastructure. Environmental Services will continue to provide information and updates on construction schedules and activities during the COVID-19 emergency.

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Environmental Services – your sewer and stormwater utility – is continuing construction on the Sunnyside North Green Street and Sewer Project to fix sewers and reduce flooding in your neighborhood. Many of the sewer pipes in your neighborhood are too small or are up to 120 years old and need to be repaired or replaced. Fixing old sewers and building green streets are important to keep people, property, and nature safe from sewage releases.

Sunnyside North Project Update Map

Paving Schedule

With opportunities for dry weather, crews are scheduling the permanent paving in these areas over the next few weeks. Each street will take 1-2 days to pave:

  • SE 28th Avenue between Yamhill and Belmont
  • SE 29th Avenue between Belmont and Stark

If you are parked on those streets, please observe signs and remove your car from the designated NO PARKING area by 7 a.m. on designated dates.

Final Paving: Did You Know?

Paving performed by Environmental Services 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 to produce a structurally sound and functional roadway, but not to address previous wear and tear such as pre-existing potholes or cracks. Before sewer construction begins, City staff takes photos of all streets, curbs, driveways, retaining walls, and sidewalks to document pre-construction conditions. Staff also works with the Bureau of Transportation to determine the area of the street that will be restored after sewer construction is completed. 

Construction Schedule

Overall project is anticipated to be complete in August 2020. Below are the anticipated construction activities over the next three weeks.  Please note that the schedule can change for a variety of reasons, including weather, equipment and supply availability, and coordinating with crews and subcontractors.

Weeks of May 18 through 29:

Crews are working on excavating and pouring concrete on various green streets, storm drains and ADA ramps all over the neighborhood for the next couple of weeks (Please see the map for more specific locations): 

  • SE 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th and 37thand Stark
  • SE 26th and Washington
  • SE Morrison Street between 20th and 23rd
  • SE 23rd, north of Belmont
  • SE 28th and Washington
  • SE 29th and Alder Street
  • SE Alder Court Between 31st and 32nd
  • SE 33rd and Washington and Morrison
  • SE 34th and Alder Street
  • SE 35th and Washington
  • SE 29th and Madison

Construction Methods

Both trenchless Cured-in-Place Pipe lining (CIPP) and open trench excavation methods were selected for this project. To learn more about these methods, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/methods

What to Expect During Construction

  • Noise, Vibration and Dust are significant and will disrupt normal neighborhood activity.
  • Traffic Delays will occur in and near the work area. Please observe traffic control signs and follow the directions of flaggers.
  • Driveway Access to your property will be maintained, but construction may impact normal use of your driveway or entrance to your
  • business.
  • On-street parking will be restricted in and near the work zones to create a safe work environment and to stage equipment and materials.
  • Sewer, water, and other utilities will remain in service during construction.
  • Equipment Storage: Some equipment and materials may be stored on your street or nearby streets overnight.
  • Schedule Changes and Inactivity: construction schedule is subject to change due to a variety of factors, including conditions underground,
  • subcontractor schedules, and availability of materials. These same variables may cause periods of inactivity between construction phases.

For more information

If you would like more information about the project or have questions and concerns you’d like to discuss, please call or email:

Debbie Caselton

Community Outreach

Phone: 503-823-2831

Email: Debbie.Caselton@portlandoregon.gov 


Project Overview

Including the project description, map and schedule

Community Outreach

Check out current and previous communications about the project