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South Portland-Burlingame Sewer Repair Project

Updated February 20, 2020Button. Click to sign up for email updates

Environmental Services has started construction of Phase 1 of two sewer repair 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. These projects will happen in different phases with the Phase 1 project beginning November 2019 and Phase 2 beginning in spring 2021. 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 for Phase 1 has begun and will take 10 months to complete.

Current Construction Map

The map below shows where construction crews will be working in the next few weeks. This map will be updated throughout construction to show where crews will be working as the project progresses.

Current Construction Map

Schedule

Pipe work for this project starts this week. Crews will be working throughout the project area prepping streets, moving in equipment, and conducting sewer repairs. Please be aware that the schedule below is subject to change due to a variety of factors, including conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts and subcontractor and materials availability.

Week of February 17

Crews will be working on the main sewer line using open trench excavation at the following location:

  • SW Hood Avenue south of the intersection with SW Fulton Park Boulevard

Crews will be setting up equipment and materials in preparation for pipe work at the following location:

  • SW Crestline Drive between SW 4th Avenue and SW Troy Street

Week of February 24

Crews will be working on the main sewer line and service laterals using open trench excavation at the following location:

  • SW Hood Avenue south of the intersection with SW Fulton Park Boulevard

Crews will be working on the main sewer line using pipe bursting and service laterals using open trench excavation at the following location:

  • SW Crestline Drive between SW 4th Avenue and SW Troy Street

Week of March 2

Crews will be working on installing service laterals using open trench excavation at the following location:

  • SW Hood Avenue south of the intersection with SW Fulton Park Boulevard

Crews will be working on the main sewer line using pipe bursting and service laterals using open trench excavation at the following location:

  • SW 7th Avenue between SW Taylors Ferry Road and SW Carson Street

What to Expect During Construction

  • Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity.
  • Local access to all properties will be maintained, but construction activities may impact normal use of your driveway or entrance to your business.
  • You should expect traffic delays in and near the work area. Please observe traffic control signs and follow the directions of flaggers.
  • On‐street parking will be restricted in and near the work zones to create a safe work environment and to stage equipment and materials.
  • Some equipment and materials may be stored on your street or nearby streets overnight.
  • A city inspector will be on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with an immediate need during construction.
  • Sewer, water, and other utilities will remain in service during construction.  
  • For translated material about what to expect during construction, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/constructionimpacts.

What We've Heard From You

Residents have recently asked about when final street paving will occur. Please note that there is usually a break between construction and final paving, which could be a few to several weeks, depending on weather and other factors. After replacing the sewer pipes in a street, crews will backfill the trenches and apply temporary asphalt patches. After all work has passed inspection, crews will return to restore the patched trenches with final paving. Crews will grind down the temporary asphalt patches to remove any cracks, ruts, and imperfections. Then they will place a two-inch layer of asphalt paving on top of the patched surface to fill any holes and level it off. The broad trenches and holes where crews had to dig in the street will have a fresh new asphalt surface. The rest of the street, where digging dig not occur during construction, will remain as it was before construction began. 

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 then repaves the filled trench.
  • 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. The contractor then fills in the sending and receiving pits and repaves the filled pits.

For more details and photos of construction methods visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/methods.

Construction Hours

Construction hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays if needed. The Portland Noise Office approved night work for three locations within the project boundaries. Homes and businesses near these locations will receive a separate notification before night work takes place. 

Night/Evening Work

Engineers have identified multiple locations that will likely require night or evening 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.

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 has obtained a noise variance to enable the city’s contractors to work both days and nights in certain locations.

Items in the Right-of-Way

Most sewer repair activities during this project will occur in the public right-of-way. It is important that property owners understand that the public right-of-way extends all the way to the property line, and in many cases in SW Portland, what may appear as a front yard or planting strip is actually the public right-of-way. Items located in the right-of-way may be disturbed by construction, including irrigation systems, hard landscaping (stone, concrete, steel, brick, pavers, garden boxes, edging, retaining walls, or other construction materials), soft landscaping (trees, plants, shrubs, flowers, flower beds, grass, bark and the like) and other amenities.

These items will not be restored or replaced if disturbed by construction. However, once construction is complete, they will repair or replace sidewalks and curbs as needed. The city will also replace topsoil and grass seed in the planting strip, and any street trees that were removed. Please remove any items you wish to keep that are located in the right-of-way before construction begins near you.

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
Email: Joe.Tursi@portlandoregon.gov

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