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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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Buckman-Kerns Green Street and Sewer Project

Updated October 12, 2020

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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.   

Environmental Services – your sewer and stormwater utility – is nearing completion on designing a project in the Buckman and Kerns neighborhoods to upsize, repair, or replace sewer pipes and construct green street planters to manage stormwater runoff from streets, roofs and parking lots. 

This project will upgrade and install more than four miles of public sewers and build 77 green street planters. Once completed, the project will remove 7.1 million gallons of stormwater a year from the sewer system in the Buckman and Kerns neighborhoods. Many of the existing combined sewer pipes are at least 100 to 120 years old and deteriorating. Many are also undersized for the sewer and stormwater flows in this area. Upgrading and improving the sewer system in this area will protect public health, property, and our environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases into streets, homes, and businesses.

map of buckman kerns green streets and pipe work


Construction is not anticipated to begin until summer 2021. 

Night Work Proposed

To minimize interruptions to traffic at these busy intersections and protect public safety, Environmental Services is proposing to repair sewer lines overnight and requesting a variance from the Portland Noise Office at four proposed locations.  Please see the Night Work Notice for details. 

Your comments regarding the proposed night work are valuable and you may submit them to the Portland Noise Office by September 4, 2020.

Virtual Open House

On Thursday, July 16  we held a virtual open house. We talked about the changes made since the last open house, provided information on planting plans for the green streets, talked about construction, and answered questions. 

Environmental Services will be reaching out to property owners adjacent to green street planter locations to gather input on planting designs in late August/early September.

View the recorded presentation from the open house HERE.

For More Information

Environmental Services is committed to keeping residents and businesses informed:

  • Visit this project webpage for updates using the shortcut at .
  • Sign up for email updates by clicking the SIGN UP above.
  • If you have a question about the project, call 503-865-6492, stating that Buckman-Kerns is your area of concern. Your call will be returned by the next business day.
  • Email April Hasson, Community Outreach for this project at
  • In the event of a sewer backup, call 503-823-1700 immediately to report the problem and the location. The number is staffed all hours and all days, 24/7.