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Washington Park Reservoir Improvement Project

Updated: February 8, 2018

What's Happening Now

Friday, February 1, the Madison Trail reopened! - The trail is open, and several steps and compacted gravel have been added to one section. This allows our crews to continue needed work while keeping the trail open. There will be brief periods when the trail will be closed for deliveries of materials or equipment. Such closures are expected to be infrequent. Please watch for signs.

Beginning 6:00 a.m., Monday, April 2, 2018 SW Sherwood and SW Sacajawea will reopen. The roads will be reopened to vehicle traffic, but some pedestrian paths and parking areas will remain closed. We’ll have a new map to share with you by the middle of March.  

You can view the most recent Look Ahead Schedule HERE, and you can see a construction site map HERE.

Check out the photos on the Special Information page.

Fun Facts About the Project

October 6, we held tours of the project and had more than 40 people visit the site and talk to our project engineers. Check out the Water Blog and see some of the young techies who showed up to learn about the project:

By the end of this project:

  • 3,000 truckloads of concrete will be used, for a total of 30,170 cubic-yards, or 120 million pounds.
  • 35,000 truckloads of soil will be delivered
  • 7.4 million pounds of rebar will be installed

The Portland Water Bureau is rebuilding the Washington Park reservoirs, a project that continues through 2024.  Washington Park reservoirs have been in service since 1894. When completed, this project will supply water to Portland’s west side and serve more than 360,000 people, including all downtown businesses and residents, 20 schools, five hospital complexes, and more than 60 parks. This system of water conveyance and storage makes Portland a livable, and thriving community, ensuring public health and economic viability.  

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