1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204
Updated October 12, 2020
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.
Construction is not anticipated to begin until summer 2021.
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.
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.
Environmental Services is committed to keeping residents and businesses informed: