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Environmental Services

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Phone: 503-823-7740

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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 June 29, 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.

Project Area

The project map below indicates where sewer repair work may occur in the South Portland-Burlingame Sewer Repair Project. 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.

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 (see map).

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

Project Phases

Engineers have determined which pipes they can move forward to construct repairs beginning in the fall of 2019. These pipes are labeled Phase 1 on the project map. Engineers have determined that several pipes will require more complex engineering and time to plan and make needed repairs. Factors include difficult access to sewer pipes and manholes, challenging geotechnical and topographical conditions (soils, rocks, sensitive and protected areas), environmental impact reviews, private property coordination, and coordination with other projects to reduce traffic impacts. These pipes are labeled Phase 2 on the project map.

A construction timeline for Phase 2 is not yet known. You may still see crews working in Phase 2 locations as they continue to study these more challenging locations and design plans for future sewer repairs.

While Environmental Services will keep the neighborhood informed as Phase 2 develops, our more frequent outreach for South Portland-Burlingame will focus on Phase 1. Within the next few months, for example, we hope to have construction methods identified for each location in Phase 1.

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 (Joe Tursi is on paternity leave through July 13)
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, 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