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SW Menefee Drive Sewer Extension Project

UPDATED JANUARY, 2020Sign up for email construction updates

CONTACT: Aaron Abrams, 503-823-2827, Aaron.Abrams@PortlandOregon.gov 

Environmental Services – your sewer and stormwater utility - has begun designing a project to extend the public sewer system in SW Menfee Drive. This work is part of the City’s ongoing effort to provide property owners a way to directly and independently connect to the public sewer system in order to meet current City Code requirements. 

Schedule Map of the SW Menefee Drive project area

Design work has begun and will continue through the summer of 2020.  Some survey activities have already occurred, and you may see markings on the street.

Construction is anticipated to begin in Fall 2020.  Sewer construction work will take about two-three weeks to complete.

Cesspool/Septic Connections 

Bureau staff have been working directly with property owners in the area who have cesspools or septic tanks that will need to be connected to the new system.  Our Non-Conforming Sewers team will be contacting these property owners in the coming weeks with more information about impacts to specific private properties.  If you live on SW Menefee and have a cesspool or septic tank, please contact Tina Wilson at 503-823-7790 or tina.wilson@portlandoregon.gov as soon as possible with any questions about your planned connection or your branch map.

Construction Method 

Open trench construction will be used to complete all work. After sewer construction, crews will backfill trenches and apply a temporary asphalt patch. The temporary patch may be in place for several weeks while quality control inspections occur. After all work has met required standards, crews will return to apply a permanent patch  See www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/methodsfor details. 

What to expect during construction 

  • Safe Work Site:Safety is our top priority for every construction site. Stay clear of all construction activities and keeping children, pets and vehicles out of construction areas.
  • Noise, Vibration, and Dust: Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity.
  • Local Access:  The contractor will maintain local access to all properties, but construction may impact normal use of your driveway or entrance to your businessPlease observe traffic control signs and follow the directions of flaggers.
  • Parking Restrictions: On‐street parking will be restricted in and near the work zones to create a safe work environment and to stage equipment and materials.
  • Equipment Storage:Some equipment and materials will be stored on your street or nearby streets overnight.
  • Maintained Service:All utilities will remain in service during construction.
  • Typical Work Hours: Typical work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, but the contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays.
  • Schedule Changes and Inactivity:Schedules may change, and you may see periods of inactivity during construction due to a variety of factors, including conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts, subcontractor schedules, and availability of materials. 

For More Information 

  • Click the sign up button at the top of the page to sign up for the project email update list
  • If you have questions, please contact Aaron Abrams at Aaron.Abrams@portlandoregon.gov or contact him at 503-823-2827.