Large construction projects frequently get the spotlight, but the role of the many smaller projects also underway are the untold stories that keep our water system working and resilient.
As part of our ongoing maintenance and monitoring programs, staff recently identified sections of pipe near Northeast Cully Boulevard and Killingsworth in the Cully neighborhood that would benefit from replacement. After reviewing records of recent leaks and breaks, the area with original piping from 1954 was identified for repairs, and crews went to work on the Roselawn Bundle Water Main Replacement Project.
"Each day, all around the city, projects like this are underway in Portland to ensure that we can serve excellent water around the clock,” said the project's design engineer Dan Ward. “Proactive maintenance in specific areas is vital for both our water system and the community members who rely on it. Projects like these work to keep our clean, reliable water always on for the Portland region."
When complete, 4,001 feet of water main—or pipes—was replaced with more earthquake-resistant pipe. While crews were in the neighborhood, additional upgrades were made to the water system by adding five new fire hydrants in strategic locations to improve fire protection in the neighborhood. We also renewed over 90 service connections, which are smaller pipes that carry water from the new main to nearby homes and businesses. These new pipes and hydrants will serve the system for nearly 70 more years.