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January 25, 2014

During the late night and early morning hours on Tuesday, February 25th and Wednesday, February 26, 2014, Portland Water Bureau crews will be closing one lane of westbound traffic on SE Powell Boulevard between SE 97th Avenue and SE 100th Avenue to prepare a work zone for an upcoming water vault excavation project.

Motorists traveling east and westbound on SE Powell Boulevard will be directed by flaggers past the work zone.

After the preparation work is complete, a contractor for the Portland Water Bureau will start a four-month long project to construct a large concrete vault under the westbound lane in the 9700 block of SE Powell Boulevard, directly in front of the Central Church of the Nazarene. The 30 foot wide by 60 foot long vault will house complex piping that will connect to the city’s new 25-million gallon underground reservoir atop Kelly Butte.

This work was previously scheduled to begin in early February, but was delayed due to inclement weather. 

Motorists traveling on SE Powell Boulevard can expect the following:

  • During the vault construction, there will be no traffic lane closures on SE Powell Boulevard.
  • East and westbound traffic lanes on SE Powell Boulevard, between SE 97th Avenue and SE 100th Avenue, will be shifted around the work zone.
  • The bicycle lane on that section of SE Powell Boulevard will be closed for safety reasons during the construction.
  • Northbound access to Interstate 205 freeway will be open.
  • The sidewalk along the south-side of SE Powell Boulevard will be open.
  • The sidewalk on the north-side of SE Powell Boulevard will be closed.
  • TriMet’s bus stops on SE Powell Boulevard near the work zone will be open.

The Water Bureau encourages travelers to please use caution on SE Powell Boulevard. Be sure to watch for construction workers, be ready for sudden stops, and obey all traffic controls and flaggers. To avoid traffic delays, motorists and bicyclists should use alternate routes.

Construction of the vault is scheduled for completion this summer 2014, under normal weather conditions.

The Kelly Butte Reservoir will serve Portland’s east-side water customers, and be a stopover to supply water to the Washington Park reservoir and southwest Portland area water storage tanks.