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SE 30th Avenue Green Street Project

Updated May 8, 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 will continue construction of the SE 30th Avenue Green Street Project in June. This project will build five green street planters to remove stormwater from the sewer system in the Richmond Neighborhood. Green infrastructure, such as green street planters and street trees, slows, filters and prevents stormwater from entering the sewer system. These improvements will reduce the possibility of sewage releases into streets, homes and businesses.  

SE 30th Avenue Project Map


Stormwater pipe and storm drain construction has been completed on SE 30th, SE Market, and SE 31st and SE Stephens streets in March and April.

Construction of the green street planters and two ADA ramps will begin in June. The new ADA ramps are located on the corner of SE 30th and SE Clay, between the two planters, and the northwest corner of SE 30th and SE Market streets. The properties adjacent to the construction zone will receive a door notice from the contractor 5-10 days before construction starts.

Green Street Construction

Constructing green streets typically requires several specialized contractors to complete each step. There are often periods of inactivity between each step, most notably between completion of the physical green street and planting vegetation which occurs in fall or spring. 

The following steps are what typically takes place when constructing a green street:

  • Saw cut and remove pavement (this area is much larger than what you'll see in the end to allow for the concrete forms)
  • Excavate and place concrete forms for curbs and walls 
  • Pour concrete and let it set
  • Remove concrete forms and excavate to final depth
  • Add and level soil
  • Add protective matting or fabric, if needed
  • Plant vegetation (typically in spring or fall)

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