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Goose Hollow Sewer Repair Project

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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. 

MAY, 2020

City of Portland Environmental Services – your sewer and stormwater utility – is continuing to design a project to replace or repair aging public sewer pipes that are in deteriorating condition in the Goose Hollow and the Southwest Hills Residential League neighborhoods. The Goose Hollow Sewer Repair Project will repair or replace up to 13,000 linear feet (about two and a half miles) of public sewers. Many of the existing sewer pipes are up to 100 years old and are deteriorating due to age. This project will protect the public and the environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases to homes, businesses, and streets.

Night Work Proposed

Nearly all construction activities during this project will occur during the day.  Some evening or overnight work will be needed to complete repairs in locations with busy traffic, or when construction may need to extend beyond regular work hours. 

Environmental Services has applied for a noise variance to allow for evening and overnight construction at the four proposed locations. A variance is required when work occurs outside normal construction hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All nights requested below are not necessarily consecutive, and no work will occur on Sundays. 

West Burnside between NW 17th and NW Trinity Place 

  • Environmental Services is requesting up to 15 nights of work at this location (6 p.m. to 7 a.m.)

  • The contractor will use the Cured-in-Place-Pipe Lining (CIPP) construction method to repair 660 feet of sewer main and will use the open cut method to install two new manholes in West Burnside. 

SW 18th Ave and Morrison 

  • Environmental Services is requesting up to 8 nights of work at this location (6 p.m. to 7 a.m.)

  • The contractor will use open cut construction to replace 35 feet of sewer main and repair an additional 120 feet of sewer main. 

Go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/methods for more information about construction methods.   

Noise Reduction Measures

Crews will use a variety of techniques to help reduce noise and disruption:

  • Sound barriers will be used if necessary, to reduce noise levels
  • “Smart alarm” back up beepers instead of a standard reverse alarm to be used from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. for all equipment activity
  • Backup alarms to be disconnected between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. and spotters to be used to safely back up vehicles
  • Saw cutting will be performed during allowable day time hours; If saw cutting is required during night work, it shall be done prior to midnight
  • Generators or other stationary equipment will be placed away from residential neighbors when possible

Submit Noise Related Comments or Attend a Noise Board Hearing

Your comments regarding the proposed night work at these locations are valuable and can be submitted to the Portland Noise Office, or you can attend a Noise Board Hearing to learn more.

Contact the Portland Noise Office

Attend the Portland Noise Board Hearing

This meeting will be conducted via video conference. 

  • Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • To join the video conference visit zoom.us/join or call toll free 877-853-5247   
  • Enter the meeting ID when prompted:  743 018 324 
  • If you need translation or sign language interpretation services, please contact Aaron Abrams at 503-823-2827 or at Aaron.Abrams@portlandoregon.gov at least 72 hours before the video conference. 

Location

The project is generally bounded by W Burnside Street to the north, SW Talbot Terrace to the south, Hwy 26 to the west, and I-405 to the south.

Goose Hollow project map

 

Schedule

Construction is anticipated to begin in the fall/winter of 2020 and take up to a year and a half to complete. We will provide detailed timelines and other project information via mail, email, social media, and the project website when it becomes available. 

Why Are We Coming To Your Neighborhood?

The project scheduled for your neighborhood is part of the city’s program to maintain and upgrade the public sewer system. In the early 1900s, when Portland was growing rapidly, the city built hundreds of miles of sewers. Since most sewer pipes have a lifespan of about 100 years, Portland is now facing an urgent need to modernize our aging system.   Environmental Services has launched a large-scale effort to repair or replace the highest priority pipes throughout the city. Your neighborhood will experience a temporary disruption but will benefit from the improved infrastructure. The city is replacing aging and deteriorating sewer pipes with modern materials. These materials are more resistant to blockages than the materials used 80 to 100 years ago. The updates will provide a safe, efficient, and reliable sewer system for your neighborhood and the city. 

For More Information

Contact Aaron Abrams at Environmental Services at 503-823-2827 or Aaron.Abrams@portlandoregon.gov if you have questions or concerns.