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N Schmeer and N Vancouver Sewer Repair Project

Button. Click to sign up for email updatesEnvironmental Services will soon begin construction on a project to repair about 360 feet of concrete public sewer pipes in N Schmeer Road at the intersection of N Vancouver Avenue. The 41-year-old pipes and a manhole in the intersection are severely deteriorated from sanitary sewer flows. The project will line the pipes and install a corrosion-proof insert within the manhole. These improvements will help protect public health, water quality, and the Columbia Slough Watershed.


Construction will begin in December and is anticipated to be completed by the end of February 2018.

Construction will occur in phases. The manhole repair may take up to four weeks to complete. The sewer pipe repair may take a week to complete. Pavement restoration will occur after the repairs are completed.

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Work Hours

In general, work will occur 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the same hours on Saturday if needed. The project will also require intermittent nighttime construction because of work in the middle of the busy intersection at N Schmeer Road and N Vancouver Avenue.

The Portland Noise Office granted Environmental Services a Noise Variance to enable the city's contractors to work all hours and all days as necessary to complete the work safely and to minimize traffic impacts to freight, commuters, cyclists and pedestrians, and eventgoers at various special event venues in the area.

To report concerns about nighttime construction noise, contact the Portland Noise Office at 503-823-7350 or email

Traffic Controls

While reduced travel lanes may be necessary, the goal will be to maintain one travel lane in each direction at all times on Vancouver Way, Schmeer Road, and Vancouver Avenue - and to maintain all turn movements at the intersection of Schmeer Road and Vancouver Avenue. Access to driveways and properties will be provided at all times, although there may be delays. Flaggers will be present to control traffic and help reduce delays during peak commute hours.

The traveling public and larger vehicles wishing to avoid delays at the intersection of Schmeer and Vancouver are advised to use Interstate Avenue as an alternate route. Optional routes include:

  • Denver Ave to Interstate Ave to connect to Schmeer Rd
  • Victory Blvd to Whitaker Rd to connect to Schmeer Rd
  • Columbia Blvd to connect to Vancouver Ave

What to Expect During Construction

You can expect the following activities and impacts with this sewer repair project:

  • Pre-construction activities may include traffic control setup, utility locates, sewer bypass setup, and equipment and material staging.  
  • Sewer construction creates noise, vibration, and dust and disrupts normal travel.
  • 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.
  • There may be periods of inactivity between construction phases due to a variety of factors including weather, subcontractor schedules, and availability of materials.
  • Sewer, water, and other utilities will remain in service during construction.
  • A city inspector will be on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with an immediate need during construction.

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, 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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