UPDATE -- Dec. 16, 2016 at 4:03 p.m.
Our Maintenance and Construction crew is currently plumbing about 30 feet of new main and replacing a line valve. Work is expected to be completed by 7 p.m. The Oregon Department of Transportation will be taking over at this point and expects to restore road conditions by Monday, Dec. 19.
UPDATE -- Dec. 16, 2016 7:30 a.m.
SE 82nd Avenue at SE Ellis Street will remain closed today until a water main break can be repaired. The volume of water in the break suggests that significant sections of the pipe will need to be removed and replaced.
Water service to businesses along SE 82nd Avenue from SE Foster Road to SE Woodstock Boulevard and homes on SE Knight Street are disrupted. Services on SE Ellis Street between SE 78th and SE 82nd will be shut off soon to make repairs.
This advisory will be updated throughout the day.
Portland Water Bureau crews are responding to a water main break in the northbound lanes of SE 82nd Avenue just south of SE Foster Road.
At this time, Portland Police and Fire bureaus are on site and have closed down SE 82nd Avenue until crews can assess and repair the damaged water pipe.
The main is an 8-inch cast iron pipe from 1912.
At this time, no homes are out of water service.
The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.
The Portland Water Bureau’s Maintenance & Construction crews are ready to respond to emergencies, including water main breaks, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. On average, crews respond to 200 main breaks a year.
For updates, follow the Portland Water Bureau Twitter account.