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Overlook Sewer Project Construction Update: May 30, 2014

Overlook Sewer Project Construction Update: May 30, 2014

Environmental Services is replacing or repairing about 17,000 feet of public sewer pipes in the Overlook neighborhood that are between 60 and 90 years old and in poor condition. The city installed many of these sewers before 1920. The project includes constructing about 9,100 feet of 6-inch sewer branch pipes that will connect homes and businesses to the new public sewer pipes. Replacing and repairing these sewers will protect the public and the environment by reducing the possibility of costly breaks, leaks, blockages and sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.

A project map is available at


Willamette Boulevard (Greeley to Delaware)

  • Final paving of Willamette Boulevard between Greeley to Delaware Avenues is scheduled to begin next week, and is expected to last about a week.
  • Part of this work involves hard closing the intersection of Willamette and Burrage, 24 hours a day, for several days.
  • The 24 hour per day closure is necessary because preparation of the area for paving involves removing existing roadway from curb to curb and excavating to a depth unsafe for travel.

Paving on Greeley Avenue (Killingsworth to Holman)

  • Final paving of Greeley Avenue between Killingsworth and Holman streets is ongoing and will delay traffic during construction hours Monday through Saturday.
  • This phase is expected to take about one more week.
  • Note that crews are scheduled to work Saturday, May 31.
  • Drivers and bike riders using Killingsworth should observe traffic control signs, and avoid work zones where possible.

Wygant Street (Gay to west end)

  • Crews are scheduled to resume curb and sidewalk restoration today. On-street parking will be restricted near work areas as necessary to create a safe work zone and accommodate large equipment.
  • Preparation for paving Wygant Street is scheduled to resume Tuesday, June 3. This work will restrict on-street parking on Wygant Street west of Gay Avenue and will significantly limit access during construction hours.
  • To avoid delays residents living on Wygant, Boston, and Blandena west of Gay Avenue should plan on parking outside the construction zone.


  • Please remember that businesses within construction zones are OPEN. If you are traveling to a business within the construction zone, you may see orange signs reading ROAD CLOSED to Thru Traffic – Local Access Only. The signs are intended to reduce overall traffic going through the area while construction is underway, but everyone living in or conducting business within the construction zone will be allowed access.


Below is the estimated Overlook sewer construction schedule for the rest of this week and the next three weeks. Construction will move from one site to another as work on each segment is completed. Please be aware that this schedule is subject to change due to a variety of factors, including conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts, subcontractor schedules and availability of materials.

The rest of this week

  • Greeley Avenue (Killingsworth to Holman) – asphalt preparation and restoration. Note that crews are scheduled to work Saturday, May 31.
  • Wygant Street (west of Gay) – curb and sidewalk restoration

Week of June 2

  • Greeley Avenue (Killingsworth to Holman) – asphalt preparation and restoration
  • Willamette Street (Greeley to Delaware) – asphalt preparation and restoration
  • Wygant Street (west of Gay) – asphalt preparation and restoration

Week of June 9

  • Greeley Avenue (Killingsworth to Holman) – asphalt preparation and restoration
  • Willamette Street (Burrage to Delaware) – asphalt preparation and restoration
  • Wygant Street (west of Gay) – asphalt preparation and restoration

What to Expect During Construction

  • 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.
  • Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity.
  • Traffic control signs are in place. The contractor maintains local access, but you should expect delays.
  • On-street parking in or near the work area is prohibited during construction hours. Please plan to move your vehicle by 7:00 a.m.
  • Equipment and materials may be stored on nearby streets overnight.
  • There may be periods of inactivity between construction phases.
  • A city inspector is on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with construction concerns. Inspectors typically wear a safety vest and hard hat.
  • Please stay clear of all construction activities. Please keep your children from harm and instruct them to stay clear of all construction activities. We also appreciate your keeping pets and vehicles out of the construction areas.


Go to To receive email updates for this project, send an email to Matt Gough at with “Overlook” in the subject line.

Thank you for your cooperation during this project. Please let us know if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues or medical or business deliveries. As always, we’ll strive to provide quick response to your concerns, minimal disruption of your residence or commercial business, and open and honest communication with you throughout the project.

Matt Gough

Community Outreach and Information

City of Portland Environmental Services

1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000

Portland, Oregon 97204

Phone: 503-823-5352 l Cell Phone: 503-823-6622


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Over one-third of Portland’s 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are more than 80 years old. Projects to replace or repair aging sewers are important for protecting water quality, public health and the environment. Learn more at