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MAILING ADDRESS: 1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

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South Portland-Burlingame Sewer Repair Project

Updated October 11, 2018Button. Click to sign up for email updates

Environmental Services is designing projects in the South Portland and South Burlingame neighborhoods to repair or replace 10,800 feet, or 2 miles, of public sewer pipes that are on average 90 years old and in deteriorating condition. The South Portland-Burlingame Sewer Repair Project will help protect public health, water quality, and the environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases to homes, businesses, and streets.

Engineers have determined which pipes they can construct repairs to beginning in the fall of 2019 for Phase 1. They have also identified construction methods and potential night work locations. To learn more about these construction methods click here.

Project Area

The project map below indicates where sewer repair work will occur in the South Portland-Burlingame Sewer Repair Project and what type of construction method will be used. The map also indicates a few locations where night work is being proposed. Environmental Services is inspecting the sewer system at these locations to determine pipe and manhole conditions, system needs and capacity, sewer connection issues, and other factors that will help engineers design the project. For information about the Hillsdale Sewer Repair Projects, click here.

SPB Updated Project Map


Construction of Phase 1 is anticipated to begin in September 2019 and take a year to complete. The construction schedule for Phase 2 is to be determined.

Design Update

Over the last few months, crews have been in the neighborhood surveying, locating utilities, inspecting sewer pipes and manholes, studying soil types and conditions, and collecting information to help engineers decide which locations need repair and what construction methods are best for each location.

You may continue to see crews in the neighborhood conducting these activities, in both Phase 1 and Phase 2 locations. Please see the map on the Project Overview page for Phase 2 locations.

These design and pre-construction activities typically occur over time, rather than all at once.

Night Work Proposed

Engineers have identified multiple locations that will likely require night work (see the map above). Due to the length and diameter of a few pipes, and traffic safety reasons, some of the work will extend a few hours beyond 6:00 p.m. or will need to be done overnight. Equipment that generates noise will include sewer cleaning trucks, compressors, light trucks, generators, pumps, and ventilation fans. Night work will require lighting of the work zone.

Submit Comments to Portland Noise Office

Work after 6:00 p.m. and before 7:00 a.m. and all hours on Sundays requires a noise variance from the Portland Noise Office. Environmental Services will apply for a noise variance to enable the city’s contractors to work both days and nights in certain locations.

Your comments regarding the proposed schedule to work both days and nights are valuable, and you can submit them to the Portland Noise Office by letter, email, or telephone.  Please submit comments by Friday, November 16 to:

  • Portland Noise Office, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204
  • Email:

Construction Methods

This project will include both trenchless and trench excavation methods:

  • Open Trench Pipe Repair: The contractor digs a trench, installs a new pipe, fills in the trench, and restores the street to its previous condition.
  • Pipe Lining (CIPP): Through a manhole, the contractor inserts a flexible liner into the existing pipe.  The liner hardens to seal cracks and form a new smooth pipe.
  • Pipe Bursting: The contractor pushes a bursting head into the sewer line to break apart the existing pipe while pulling a new pipe into place behind it.

For more details and photos of construction methods visit:

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:

Joe Tursi
Community Outreach
Phone: 503-823-5753

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

Project Overview

Including the project description, map and schedule

Community Outreach

Check out upcoming public meetings, and current and previous communications about the project