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Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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Luther Road Creek Restoration Project


Environmental Services is nearing completion of construction activities on a project to restore habitat along Johnson Creek near SE 73rd and Luther Road.  The 76-inch diameter Lents Interceptor Sewer crosses Johnson Creek at the project site. Significant storm events in 2016 eroded the creek bed and banks and exposed a portion of the sewer pipe.  This increased the possibility of pipe damage and blocked fish passage. A break in the pipe could release a significant amount of sewage and threaten public health and wildlife, including sensitive, threatened and endangered species. Repairing the storm damage and ensuring that the pipe is re-buried will protect public health and the environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases to Johnson Creek.

map of luther road project area

2014 Luther Road Restoration Project

Residents in the area may remember that this location was the site of a previous restoration project that restored habitat and buried the exposed sewer pipe. In summer and fall 2014, Environmental Services did extensive restoration work in the area. This project buried the sewer pipe crossing in Johnson Creek to stabilize it, established a new stable stream crossing, and moved the creek and its floodplain away from adjacent private property. Unfortunately, a major storm even in 2016 overwhelmed these repairs and exposed the pipe again.  The new project has been designed to withstand larger storm events. 

For more information about the 2014 Luther Road Restoration Project, please visit the previous project website.

Project Schedule

All work in Johnson Creek has been completed.  The work is now focused on restoring the upland areas of the site, as well as building new trails and restoring the viewpoint.  It is anticipated that crews will complete construction activities in mid-November of 2019.  Planting and other restoration work will continue through 2020.

What To Expect During Construction

  • Noise, Vibration, and Dust – Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity.
  • Springwater Trail – The Springwater Trail will remain OPEN during this project.  Trucks will need to cross the trail from time to time.  Crews will use flaggers to stop trail users while trucks cross the trail.  Delays should be minimal.
  • Access to Your Home or Business – You will be able to go to your home or business.
  • Equipment Storage – Sometimes we will leave tools, machines, and supplies at the sight overnight. Please stay away from them.
  • A Safe Work Site – We want you to be safe around the work site. Please keep children, pets, bikes, cars, and trucks away from the tools, machines, supplies, and construction workers.
  • Schedule Changes and Inactivity – Our work schedules can change for many reasons like weather, traffic, and problems with tools, machines, or supplies. Sometimes we need to stop between different types of work and start again later.

For More Information

Please contact Aaron Abrams at 503-823-2827 or