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N Schmeer and N Vancouver Sewer Repair Project

Updated May 30, 2017Button. Click to sign up for email updates

Environmental Services will repair about 360 feet of concrete public sewer pipes in N Schmeer Road at the intersection of N Vancouver Avenue. Pipe repairs will extend from the intersection to the west in Schmeer Road, and a manhole will be replaced in the intersection. Construction will occur in two phases - sewer pipe repair and manhole installation. Intermittent nighttime construction will be required to complete the second phase of the project.


The first phase of this project - sewer pipe repair - will begin as early as July or August and take a week to complete. The second phase - manhole installation - will begin in September. All work is expected to be finished by the end of November.

In general, work will occur 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the same hours on Saturday if needed.

Proposed Night Work

The second phase of this project - the installation of a large manhole in the intersection of Schmeer Road and Vancouver Avenue - will require intermittent nighttime construction beginning in September. The new manhole will require a large excavation in the middle of a busy intersection that serves semi-truck traffic and an exit off of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

To complete the manhole installation as quickly and efficiently as possible, Environmental Services is proposing to allow work to occur continuously all hours and all days at certain stages of the work between September and November. The dates for night work will be determined after a city contractor is hired to complete the work.

The other project work to repair sewer pipes west of the intersection will be completed during regular daytime hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday if needed, in either July or August. Public notice will be provided in advance.

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Submit Comments to Portland Noise Office

Portland noise code allows construction from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Work after 6 p.m. and before 7 p.m. and all hours on Sunday requires a noise variance from the Portland Noise Office. To enable construction crews to work continuously all hours and all days at certain stages of the project, Environmental Services will apply for a Noise Variance.

Equipment that generates noise will include a pavement saw, crane, track hoe, front-end loader, dump trucks, bypass pumps, compactor, pavement roller, and generator. Night work will also require lighting of the area.

Your comments about the proposed noise variance are valuable and can be submitted to the Portland Noise Office by letter, email, or telephone. Please submit your comments by June 16 to:

Portland Noise Office
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 110
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503-823-7350

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:

Cheryl Kuck
Community Outreach
Phone: 503-823-7898

If you have a concern or question about a pipe repair near you, please be sure to include your name, business name, property address, and project name (N Schmeer and Vancouver) in your voicemail and email so we can provide you more details about what to expect in front of your property. Also, please write "N Schmeer" in the subject line of your email. Click SIGN UP! to sign up for periodic email updates.

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