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Citywide SW 16th and College

Icon to sign up for email updatesUpdated July 18, 2019

Environmental Services is preparing to complete two remaining public sewer pipe repairs in your neighborhood that were originally part of the Citywide 2017 Sewer Repair Project. See map below. Although that project concluded in December 2018, Environmental Services was unable to repair the pipes due to changes in pipe condition. Repairing these pipes is still a priority. Therefore, the two pipes have been added to the SW Caruthers-Mill Sewer Repair Project. These sewer repairs will protect public health and the Willamette River Watershed by reducing the possibility of sewage releases to buildings and streets.


The two public sewer pipes are located in public right-of-way areas near SW 16th Avenue between SW Upper Hall and SW College streets and near SW 14th Avenue between SW College Street and SW Cardinell Drive.

Project Map


Beginning Saturday, July 20, crews will inspect the sewer pipes in both locations to verify conditions and sewer connection locations. Crews will insert closed-circuit television cameras into the pipes. The information will help engineers determine the construction methods to repair the pipes. Construction to repair the pipes is anticipated to be completed by early fall of 2019.

What to Expect during Pipe Inspections

You can expect the following activities and impacts during sewer pipe inspections:

  • Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 20.
  • Work will last approximately four hours at each location.
  • Pipe inspection work will occur in the public right-of-way and will not impact private properties.
  • Traffic controls, including temporary lane closures, will be set up to maintain a safe work zone.
  • Local access will be provided, but there may be delays.  
  • City crews and equipment will be in the work zone, and perhaps on adjacent streets, to complete this important sewer inspection work.

Click here for the most recent project outreach flier.

For More Information

Environmental Services strives to keep residents and businesses informed. If you have a concern or question about a pipe repair near you, call Tracie Heidt at 503-235-5881 or email her at Please be sure to include your name, property address, and project name (Citywide 16th and College) in your voicemail and email so we can provide you more details about what to expect at your property. Also, please write "Citywide 16th and College" in the subject line of your email.

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Tracie Heidt
JLA Public Involvement
On behalf of the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services