A contractor for the Portland Water Bureau is currently installing large piping connections on SE 68th Avenue at SE Division Street. The work requires that one eastbound lane on SE Division Street be routed around the work zone, between SE 66th and SE 69th avenues, while under construction.
Traffic on SE 68th Avenue, between SE Division and Mt. Tabor Park is open to local access only. Detour signs are posted and sidewalks remain open for pedestrians.
The new piping is part of the water system improvements required to connect two of the city’s large water conduits to the Westside supply line. The first conduit was connected in March 2014 on Southeast 67th Avenue. The second conduit is being connected now, as only one conduit can be worked on at one time.
Typically, work hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. This work is slated for completion in spring 2015. Motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes.