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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 the entire project will take about a year 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. 

Week of May 17:

N Willamette Boulevard at North Wabash Avenue:

  • Crews will reconstruct Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps, some sidewalk, and restore a couple of driveways. This could take up to a week to complete.

N Bryant Street west of N Greeley Avenue:

  • Crews will reconstruct Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps and a drainage inlet. This could take up to a week to complete.

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

  • Crews will restore a couple of driveway entries by pouring concrete. This could take up to a week to complete.

Week of May 24:

N Baldwin Street east of N Washburne Avenue:

  • Crews will pour concrete to restore the street. This will take about a day to complete.

Permanent paving will be done at the following locations. Each will take about a day to complete.

  • N Rosa Parks Way between N Fenwick Avenue and N Concord Avenue
  • N Belknap Avenue near N Winchell Street
  • N Lombard Street east of N Villard Avenue
  • N Greeley Avenue between N Rosa Parks Way and N Holman Street
  • N Wabash Avenue between N Bryant Street and N Morgan Street
  • N Willamette Boulevard at N Wabash Avenue and N Wabash Avenue from Willamette Boulevard to N Bryant 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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