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South Portland-Burlingame Sewer Repair Project

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Updated August 4, 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.

Environmental Services, your sewer and stormwater utility, has completed construction on Phase 1 of the South Portland-Burlingame Sewer Repair Project and is continuing design of Phase 2. The second phase will repair or replace approximately 7,108 linear feet of public sewer pipes throughout your neighborhood. On average, these pipes are 90 years old and in deteriorating condition. Taking these actions now will help protect public health and the Willamette River Watershed by reducing the possibility of sewage releases to homes, businesses, and streets.


Construction of Phase 2 is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2021 and take a year to complete.

Project Area

This project was split into two different phases due to the size of the project area and the difficulty and location of certain pipes. The project map shows where work will occur and what type of construction method will be used at each location.

South Portland-Burlingame Phase 2 Project Map

Night Work Proposed

Engineers have identified multiple locations that will likely require night work (see map). 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 also require lighting of the work zone.

**Please note the addition of a night work location near the intersection of SW Troy and Terwilliger. 

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 contractors to work both days and nights in certain locations.

Your comments regarding the proposed schedule to work both days and nights are valuable. You can submit these comments to the Portland Noise Office by email or telephone by Friday, September 25 to: Email:, Phone: 503-823-7350

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 patched trench with new pavement.
  • 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.

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South Portland-Burlingame Sewer Repair Project - Phase 1

Recap of the South-Portland Burlingame Phase 1 project

Project Overview

Including the project description, map and schedule

Community Outreach

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