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Phone: 503-823-7740

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UPDATED Traffic Advisory: Sewer repair at SW Naito and Salmon Street starts April 8; Better Naito bicycle and pedestrian traffic to detour to Waterfront Park

Update (April 12) - This project will extend into the following week. No work is scheduled over the weekend and all lanes will be open on the Better Naito bicycle/pedestrian corridor. Beginning Monday, April 15, work will resume and the detour will be in effect 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays possibly through Friday, April 22.map

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(April 2, 2019) – The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services advises the traveling public that a sewer repair project will close a section of Better Naito at SW Salmon Street for one week beginning Monday, April 8. 

The closure will be in effect 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday. The project is slated to be complete on Friday, April 12. Work crews will not know the extent of damage until they excavate the area under the street and there is a possibility the time frame will be extended.

Environmental Services has determined that a sewer pipe under the road surface is severely deteriorated and at risk of failure. The repair will protect public health and the environment by reducing the possibility of a sewage release to the park and street.

The work zone is centered around a manhole on the west side of Salmon Springs in Waterfront Park. Crews will use the manhole to reach and repair the sewer pipe which extends from the manhole west along SW Salmon Street. The section needing repair is directly under Better Naito.

People traveling along the Better Naito bicycle and pedestrian lane will be detoured to Waterfront Park:

  • Northbound travelers will be routed to Waterfront Park at SW Main Street, then along the Waterfront Park trail, and back to Better Naito on SW Yamhill Street.
  • Southbound travelers will be routed to Waterfront Park on SW Yamhill Street, then along Waterfront Park, and back to Better Naito at SW Main Street.

People traveling by bicycle on SW Salmon Street will have the option of merging with northbound auto traffic for about a block before returning to Better Naito.

Environmental Services asks all travelers to be patient and use caution, and for people on bicycles to travel slowly and watch out for pedestrians on the Waterfront Park trail. 

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

Media Contact Diane Dulken, 503-457-7636, diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov