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Richmond-South Tabor Sewer Repair Project Update Sept 15, 2017

Richmond-South Tabor Sewer Repair Project Update: September 15, 2017

Construction Activity begins Next Week

 Environmental Services will begin construction this summer on the Richmond and South Tabor Sewer Repair Project. The project will repair or replace over 10,300 feet (2 miles) of public sewer pipes in your neighborhood that are on average 90 years old and in deteriorating condition. This work will also include repairing or adding 2,500 feet of service connections between properties and the public sewer. Taking these actions now will help 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 on the webpage at


Beginning next week, crews will start tree trimming and video inspection of the sewer pipes.  Sewer construction is scheduled to begin on October 2. 

  • Tree trimming will be performed as needed to make room for large equipment, reduce the possibility of damage to trees and help ensure public safety.
  • Video inspection crews will flush sewers with water to clear debris and then insert a video camera to document the condition of the pipe and locate sewer connections to each home or business. Crews will park trucks and equipment near manholes to do this work, which can cause minor traffic disruptions that typically only last about a day at each location.
  • During the week of October 2, crews plan to begin open trench construction at SE 62nd Avenue between SE Franklin Street and SE Tibbetts Street. 


Many neighbors have contacted us to ask questions, report concerns, and share comments.  Many of you have informed us of medical concerns, special events, landscaping, or home improvements planned within the project area. We understand that construction can be inconvenient and disrupt normal neighborhood activity. Your continued communication will help lessen our impact while performing this necessary work. Thank you. 


  • Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity.
  • Local access to all properties will be maintained, but construction activities may impact normal use of your driveway or entrance to your business.
  • You should expect traffic delays in and near the work area. Please observe traffic control signs and follow the directions of flaggers.
  • On‐street parking will be restricted in and near the work zones to create a safe work environment and to stage equipment and materials.
  • Some equipment and materials may be stored on your street or nearby streets overnight.
  • A city inspector will be on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with an immediate need during construction.
  • Sewer, water, and other utilities will remain in service during construction.  



Construction will move from one site to another as work phases are completed, with periods of inactivity between phases. Please be aware that schedules are subject to change due to a variety of factors, including conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts and subcontractor and materials availability. The entire project should be completed by February 2019.


Construction hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, but the contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays. The Portland Noise Office approved night work for three locations within the project boundaries. Homes and businesses near these locations will receive a separate notification before night work takes place. 


Visit the project web page at or contact Debbie Caselton at 503-823-2831 or