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Arbor Lodge–Kenton Sewer Project

Sewer and Stormwater
Environmental Services is constructing a project in the Arbor Lodge-Kenton Neighborhood area to repair over two miles of public sewer pipe. Having provided over 85 years of service on average, the pipes require repairs to maintain reliable sewer service and protect public health and the environment.
Construction began in August 2020 and is expected to be complete by the end of October 2021.
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Project Area

This project will construct sewer improvements in multiple locations within the Arbor Lodge, Kenton, and Portsmouth neighborhoods. The map below illustrates where construction will occur, and which construction method will be used at each location.  The map also indicates where evening and overnight construction are expected.

What's Happening Now

This project is nearly complete.  Crews will be doing small miscellaneous items in various locations over the next few of weeks.

We Want to Hear from You

Please let us know if you have a concern or question about a pipe repair near you. Be sure to include your name, property address, and project name (Arbor Lodge-Kenton Sewer Repair Project) in your voicemail and email so we can provide you more details about what to expect in front of your property. Also, please write “ALK” in the subject line of your email.  

Sewer Emergency: In the event of a sewer backup or basement flooding, call the Maintenance hotline immediately at 503-823-1700. It is staffed all hours and all days, 24/7.  

Construction Methods

The contractor will use several construction methods to complete sewer and stormwater improvements. Some will require digging trenches. Others will replace pipes through manholes or access pits to reduce surface disruption. 

  • Open Trench Excavation: The contractor excavates a trench, installs a new pipe, fills in the trench and restores the disturbed pavement. 

  • Cured-in-Place-Pipe Lining (CIPP): Through a manhole, the contractor inserts a flexible liner into the old pipe. The liner hardens, creating a new interior lining. You may smell an odor like plastic or glue during this process from the liner resin. 

  • Pipe Bursting : The contractor pushes a bursting head into the sewer line to break apart the old pipe while pulling a new pipe into place behind it. 

See the map above for the construction method at each location. 

What to Expect

You can expect the following activities and impacts during construction: 

A Safe Work Site: We want you to be safe around the work site. Please keep children, pets, bikes, cars, and trucks away from the tools, machines, supplies, and construction workers. 

Noise, Vibration, and Dust: Construction creates noise, vibration, and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity. 

Traffic Delays: The work will slow down traffic in your neighborhood. Please read the traffic signs and follow directions from the workers with flags. 

Access to Your Home or Business: You will be able to go to your home or business, but you may not be able to park as close as you would like. We will try to make sure driveways and parking lot entrances stay open. Crew members can help you safely enter or exit your driveway or business parking lot.   

Parking Restrictions: We want you to be safe, so you might not be able to park your car next to work spaces, equipment, or materials. If crews are working directly in front of your home or a business, you may need to park in another place. 

Equipment Storage: Sometimes we will leave tools, machines, and supplies on your street overnight.  

Maintained Service: You can still use sewer, water, and other services while we work on your street during, however, If you live in a single-family home on a street where crews will be repairing sewer pipe using CIPP, you may be asked not to use appliances that use large amounts of water and to limit flushing toilets as much as possible for one day. You will be notified 24-48 hours in advance if this is necessary. 

Work Hours: Work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Sometimes we work on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Schedule Changes and Inactivity: Work schedules can change for many reasons like weather, traffic, and problems with tools, machines, or supplies. Sometimes we need to stop between different types of work and start again later. 

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