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Arbor Lodge–Kenton Sewer Project

Construction type
Sewer and Stormwater
Project status
Active

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 the entire project will take about a year and a half to complete.
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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

Work will occur in phases at each location in the project area often with periods of inactivity between each phase. Depending on the location and construction method, work could last a few weeks to a few months in one area. Below is a two-week look ahead of construction activities: 

Week of April 19

N Fiske Avenue between N Vanderbilt Street and N Girard Street:

  • Crews will repair the sewer mainline and reconstruct a couple of lateral sewer connections using open trench construction. This will take about 2 more days to complete.

N Greeley Avenue north of N Dekum Street:

  • Crews will build a lateral sewer connection using open trench construction. This will take about one day to complete.

N Greeley Avenue south of N Bryant Street:

  • Crews will build a lateral sewer connection using open trench construction. This will take about one day to complete.

Paving will take place at the following locations and take about one day to complete:

  • N Fowler Avenue north of N Willamette Boulevard
  • N Washburne Avenue north of N Willamette Boulevard
  • N Greeley Avenue between N Rosa Parks Way and N Holman Street
  • N Greeley Avenue north of N Rosa Parks Way

Concrete restoration will take place at the following location and take about two days to complete:

  • N Chautauqua Boulevard north of N Baldwin Street

Week of April 26

N Greeley Avenue south of N Lombard Street:

  • Crews will do a spot repair on the sewer mainline using open trench construction. This will take about one day to complete.

Paving will take place at the following locations and take about one day to complete:

  • N Chautauqua Boulevard north of N Baldwin Street
  • N Foss Avenue north of N Willamette Boulevard
  • N Wilbur Avenue north of N Hunt Street
  • N Fiske Avenue between N Vanderbilt Street and N Girard Street

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. 

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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